leitmotif

[ US /ˈɫaɪtmoʊˌtif/ ]
[ UK /lˈe‍ɪtmətˌɪf/ ]
NOUN
  1. a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
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How To Use leitmotif In A Sentence

  • In economics, the leitmotif is rationality: it is axiomatic that individuals are self-motivated to improve upon existing circumstances.
  • The book of Jonah is a leitmotif in this novel for illustrating this idea.
  • But also I think the use of leitmotif is one of the ways in which you can tie together a narrative that is otherwise quite separated. The Limits of Tolerance
  • Alfian agreed, but he signposted the missing scenes with leitmotifs and distributed to the audience the excised portions of the script.
  • The interplay between purity and pollution is a leitmotif of this exhibition.
  • Through the narrative, the poet's elegiacs become a leitmotif.
  • Guwahati, April 5: Machor tenga, a sweet-and-sour curry which has come to be known as the leitmotif of the Assamese kitchen, has gone global. WN.com - Business News
  • It was the sound of the agora, the wineshop, the gymnasium, the forum; agelong leitmotif of the lands by the Middle Sea. Funeral Games
  • This suggests that Hemingway composed his story not only with leitmotifs and correlatives but also with key phrases identifying other Nick stories, and that he expected the reader to find them.
  • But there is another leitmotif: uncertainty, of a stoical, dreich kind. The Times Literary Supplement
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