leitmotif

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From German Leitmotiv (leading motif), from leiten (to lead) + Motiv (motif), originally used to describe Wagnerian opera.

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leitmotif (plural leitmotifs)

  1. (music) A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
  2. A recurring theme.
    • 1975 October 27, Aaron Latham, “John Connally on the Comeback Road”, in New York, volume 8, number 43, page 48:
      If one looks for a pattern in the political life of John Connally, one finds a leitmotif of scandals which threatened but never destroyed his career.

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