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leit·mo·tifalso 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.
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||leitmotif - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)|