from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a guiding theme; in the musical drama of Wagner, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label. Also called leitmotif or leitmotiv.
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In the Second Epistle, on the other hand, his leading motive seems to have been the desire of correcting errors in the church of