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English noun: motif

1. motif (artifact) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration


Broader (hypernym)design, figure, pattern

2. motif (communication) a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music


Broader (hypernym)idea, melodic theme, musical theme, theme

Narrower (hyponym)obbligato, obligato

3. motif (cognition) a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work

SamplesIt was the usual `boy gets girl' theme.


Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

Narrower (hyponym)topos

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