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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.
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|Noun||1.||leitmotiv - a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)|