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contrapuntal

[kon-truh-puhn-tl] /ˌkɒn trəˈpʌn tl/
adjective, Music.
1.
of or pertaining to counterpoint.
2.
composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Italian contrappunt(o) + -al1. See counterpoint
Related forms
contrapuntally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntally

contrapuntal

/ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntəl/
adjective
1.
(music) characterized by counterpoint
Derived Forms
contrapuntally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Italian contrappuntocounterpoint + al1
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Word Origin and History for contrapuntally

contrapuntal

adj.

1845, from Italian contrapunto "counterpoint," also "backstitch," from contra "against" (see contra) + punto "point" (see point (n.)). Musical use is from Medieval Latin cantus contrapunctis. Cf. counterpoint. Related: Contrapuntally.

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