motive vs. motif – The Correct Way to Use Each | Confusing Words
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Motive

Definition:

the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

Examples:

he acted with the best of motives

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Motif

Definition:

a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

Examples:

a general motif

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