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motif

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1 a major object of interest or concern (as in a discussion or artistic composition)
  • the motif of mute figures standing in lonely isolation is a recurrent one in the artist's works

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2 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric)
  • the fabric for the upholstery features a scallop shell motif

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The first known use of motif was in 1848

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“Motif.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/motif. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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