chromaticism

chromaticism

[kroh-mat-uh-siz-uhm, kruh-]
noun Music.
1.
the use of chromatic tones.
2.
a style in which chromatic tones predominate.

Origin:
1875–80; chromatic + -ism

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chromatic (krəˈmætɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
2.  music
 a.  involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
 b.  of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing it: a chromatic harmonica
 c.  Compare diatonic of or relating to chromaticism
 
[C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour]
 
chro'matically
 
adv
 
chro'maticism
 
n

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