leitmotiv leitmotiv


  • (n) a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)


  1. Women's fantasies have changed, Friday maintains, since her 1973 book, My Secret Garden, in which the leitmotiv was submission.
  2. The themes: the Dentyne, Adam Hat, Colgate, Richfield Oil, Super Suds, Chiclets, Pepsodent singing commercials, plus the Mortimer Snerd leitmotiv from the Edgar Bergen show.
  3. Gorbachev's stormy relations with sometime enemy, sometime ally Yeltsin are woven through the narrative like a leitmotiv from the Wagnerian music he so much admires.
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ennui ennui
/ɛ ˈnu i /