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leitmotif

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Synonyms for leitmotif

  • argument
  • line
  • matter
  • motif
  • point
  • problem
  • question
  • stuff
  • subject
  • text
  • thought
  • topic
  • affair
  • burden
  • business
  • case
  • head
  • keynote
  • motive
  • proposition
  • thesis
  • matter in hand
  • point at issue
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEITMOTIF

He will come back, murmured Chavvy, in concordance with her leitmotif.

It was what I had always called "Rosemary's leitmotif," expressed in perfume.

"More work for the undertaker" should be the leitmotif of the evening's fun.

Indeed, they recur again and again, like a Leitmotif in music, in everything he wrote.

In her direct and genuine nature there is a 'Leitmotif' of pure sweet melody that will enrich the life of its discoverer.

In these symphonic poems Liszt has made use of the principle of the leitmotif in orchestral music.

His leitmotif in the music-play has been 'See the Conquering Hero' up to now; one isn't sorry to see one's sex avenged.

Here Rimsky-Korsakov makes a more extended and systematic use of the leitmotif.

And the "Wacht am Rhein" seemed to come and go at intervals, like a leitmotif to all their doings.

Here is the leitmotif of the whole fascinating drama of infection and immunity.

WORD ORIGIN

1876, "a musical figure to which some definite meaning is attached," from German Leitmotiv, literally "lead motive," from leiten "to lead" (see lead (v.1)) + Motiv (see motive). A term associated with Wagnerian musical drama, though the thing itself is at least as old as Mozart. "The leitmotif must be characteristic of the person or thing it is intended to represent." ["Elson's Music Dictionary"]

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LEITMOTIF

theme

nounidea, subject matter
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