A theme associated throughout a music drama with a particular person, situation, or idea.
Etymology: Leiten = to lead + Motive
A secretly plotted, sudden attempt to overthrow a government.
Etymology: Putsch = thrust, blow
Ersatz (ER-zahts, er-ZATS)
Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial.
Etymology: Ersetzen = to replace
The spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
Etymology: Zeit = time + Geist = spirit
Delight at the misfortune of others
Etymology: Schaden = harm + Freude = joy