Origin of motif
Examples from the Web for motif
This motif has been a classic of anti-modernism for two centuries in Europe.
The plot is different, the characters are different, the motif different, and the scenic arrangement different.
In this "Confession" Tolstoy emphatically strikes the keynote which is the motif of all his didactic writings.
And Mr. John Spearman's motif is that I should pay him five hundred and fifty-six pounds.Dolly Reforming Herself|Henry Arthur Jones
British Dictionary definitions for motif
Word Origin for motif
Word Origin and History for motif
"theme, predominant feature," 1848, from French motif "dominant idea, theme" (see motive).
Culture definitions for motif
In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.