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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.
[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).]
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|Noun||1.||leitmotiv - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)|
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leitmotiv[ˈlaɪtməʊˌtiːf] N → leitmotiv m
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leitmotivleitmotif [ˈlaɪtməʊˌtiːf] n (Mus) (fig) → leitmotiv m inv
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