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contradance (ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns)
 
n
a variant spelling of contredanse

contredanse or contradance (ˈkɒntrəˌdɑːns)
 
n
1.  a courtly Continental version of the English country dance, similar to the quadrille
2.  music written for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)]
 
contradance or contradance
 
n
 
[C19: from French, changed from English country dance; country altered to French contre (opposite) by folk etymology (because the dancers face each other)]

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It is not a contradance in which partners smile and curtsy and move seamlessly down the line.
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