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leitmotiv

noun [C] uk ( also leitmotif)   /ˈlaɪt.məʊ.tiːf/ us    /-moʊ.t̬iːf/ 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.
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