The leitmotif of the new vogue in bad parenting is that keeping the marital buzz buzzing trumps the children.
A leitmotif on journalism threads through this often-byzantine narrative.
It was what I had always called "Rosemary's leitmotif," expressed in perfume.
He will come back, murmured Chavvy, in concordance with her leitmotif.
Here is the leitmotif of the whole fascinating drama of infection and immunity.
"More work for the undertaker" should be the leitmotif of the evening's fun.
In her direct and genuine nature there is a 'leitmotif' of pure sweet melody that will enrich the life of its discoverer.
Indeed, they recur again and again, like a leitmotif in music, in everything he wrote.
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.
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"]
A frequently recurring bit of melody, usually in opera, associated with a person, thing, or emotion; Leitmotiv is German for “leading theme.” The leitmotif may be heard in the instrumental or the vocal part.
Note: Leitmotifs are particularly associated with the operas of Richard Wagner.
Note: Recurring themes or subjects in other forms of art or literature are sometimes also called leitmotifs.