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noun as in central theme

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Dorothy Draper, the mother of American interior design, was a master at mixing patterns, with her liberal use of motifs and colors.

Floral motifs were the most popular, with herbs and vegetables forming intricate blooms.

Naturally, this development is impacting advertising and one upshot is that brands are paying greater attention to the suites of sounds, voices and motifs that define how consumers “hear” the brand.

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The Upstate New Yorker’s prominent motifs include crystal-like patterns and sprays of rounded, tapered shapes that resemble both leaves and water drops.

Wednesday’s event took place in front of a Richmond elementary school that McAuliffe used as a motif to discuss his plans to boost the state’s education system and address inequities in schools.

The steady, entrancing rhythms are a well-established motif in dramatizations of the American war in Vietnam.

After several weeks of shock and mourning, Hartley began a series of paintings known as the War Motif paintings.

My understanding is that this artwork came first and was soon replaced with the “Sambo as a baby genie” motif.

This motif has been a classic of anti-modernism for two centuries in Europe.

Soth relates the garages to a repeating cube motif in the series.

We must have motif first, then technique to adapt and adjust expression and to develop facility in the active agents.

With this (class c) form of the story we frequently find combined what is known as The False Claimant ‘motif.’

The bird motif occurs in the decoration of metallic objects in the British Islands during the early centuries in this era.

It is not repoussé, but is cut in openwork of intricate pattern in which the Swastika is the principal motif.

It seemed illogical, and evaded him, like a melody with a dimly familiar motif which he was unable to place or even fully recall.


On this page you'll find 21 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to motif, such as: concept, logo, pattern, design, idea, and notion.

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