leitmotiv


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leit·mo·tif

also leit·mo·tiv  (līt′mō-tēf′)
n.
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).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leitmotiv - 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"
Translations

leitmotiv

[ˈlaɪtməʊˌtiːf] Nleitmotiv m

leitmotiv

leitmotif [ˈlaɪtməʊˌtiːf] n (Mus) (fig) → leitmotiv m inv
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