Motif means a recurring theme or pattern.
Motif is a noun.
Synonyms: topic, thread, design, figure, melody, pattern, strain, style, tune.
Note: Motif (moh TEEF) is taken over from and pronounced as in French.
The people complained that there was no recognizable motif in the story; it had no unifying theme or concept.
The new advertisement campaign has a sports motif; every advertisement features famous cricketers and famous moments in sports history.
The central motif of the best-selling novel in the market seemed to be that Love Makes Life Beautiful.