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also leit·mo·tiv  (līt′mō-tēf′)
1. A melodic passage or phrase, especially in Wagnerian opera, associated with a specific character, situation, or element.
2. A dominant and recurring theme, as in a novel.

[German Leitmotiv : leiten, to lead (from Middle High German, from Old High German leitan; see leit- in Indo-European roots) + Motiv, motif (from French motif; see motif).]


(ˈlaɪtməʊˌtiːf) or


1. (Classical Music) music a recurring short melodic phrase or theme used, esp in Wagnerian music dramas, to suggest a character, thing, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an often repeated word, phrase, image, or theme in a literary work
[C19: from German leitmotiv leading motif]


(ˈlaɪt moʊˌtif)

a motif or theme associated throughout a music drama with a particular person, situation, or idea.
[1875–80; < German: leading motive]


A German word meaning leading motif, used to mean the main or recurring theme in something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leitmotif - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"


noun theme, idea, strain, phrase, melody, motif The song's title could serve as a leitmotif for her life.


leitmotiv [ˈlaɪtməʊtiːf] nleitmotiv m


, leitmotiv
n (Mus, fig) → Leitmotiv nt
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