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English definition of “leitmotiv”

leitmotiv

noun [C]     /ˈlaɪt.məʊ.tiːf/ US  /-moʊ.t̬iːf/ (also leitmotif) specialized
a phrase or other feature that is repeated often in a work of art, literature, or music and that tells you something important about it: Death and renewal are leitmotivs running through the whole novel.Topics and areas of interest
(Definition of leitmotiv noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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