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Motif vs. Theme

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Motifnoun

A recurring or dominant element; a theme.

‘See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?’;

Themenoun

A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.

Motifnoun

(music) A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work.

Themenoun

A recurring idea; a motif.

Motifnoun

A decorative figure that is repeated in a design or pattern.

Themenoun

(dated) An essay written for school.

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Motifnoun

(dressmaking) A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.

Themenoun

(music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.

Motifnoun

(crystallography) The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.

Themenoun

A song, or a snippet of a song, that identifies a film, a TV program, a character, etc. by playing at the appropriate time.

Motifnoun

(chess) A basic element of a move in terms of why the piece moves and how it supports the fulfilment of a stipulation.

Themenoun

The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.

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Motifnoun

(biochemistry) In a nucleotide or amino-acid sequence, pattern that is widespread and has, or is conjectured to have, a biological significance.

Themenoun

(grammar) The stem of a word.

Motifnoun

Motive.

Themenoun

(linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb.

Motifnoun

In literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or element of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central or dominant feature;

‘This motif, of old things lost, is a favorite one for the serious ballade.’; ‘The design . . . is . . . based on the peacock - a motif favored by decorative artists of all ages.’;

Themenoun

(linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.

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Motifnoun

A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming; also, a repeated design.

Themenoun

(linguistics) Topic, what is generally being talked about, as opposed to rheme.

Motifnoun

a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors

Themenoun

A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.

Motifnoun

a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music

Themeverb

(transitive) To give a theme to.

‘We themed the birthday party around superheroes.’;

Motifnoun

a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work;

‘it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme’;

Themeverb

To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).

Themenoun

A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.

‘My theme is alway one and ever was.’; ‘And when a soldier was the theme, my nameWas not far off.’;

Themenoun

Discourse on a certain subject.

‘Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme.’; ‘It was the subject of my theme.’;

Themenoun

A composition or essay required of a pupil.

Themenoun

A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem.

Themenoun

That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument.

Themenoun

The leading subject of a composition or a movement.

Themenoun

the subject matter of a conversation or discussion;

‘he didn't want to discuss that subject’; ‘it was a very sensitive topic’; ‘his letters were always on the theme of love’;

Themenoun

a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work;

‘it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme’;

Themenoun

(music) melodic subject of a musical composition;

‘the theme is announced in the first measures’; ‘the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it’;

Themenoun

an essay (especially one written as an assignment);

‘he got an A on his composition’;

Themenoun

(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed;

‘thematic vowels are part of the stem’;

Themeverb

provide with a particular theme or motive;

‘the restaurant often themes its menus’;

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