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quodlibet

[kwod-luh-bet] /ˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt/
noun
1.
a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usually on a theological or scholastic subject.
2.
Music. a humorous composition consisting of two or more independent and harmonically complementary melodies, usually quotations of well-known tunes, played or sung together, usually to different texts, in a polyphonic arrangement.
Origin of quodlibet
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quodlibetum; compare Latin quod libet what pleases, as you please
Related forms
quodlibetic, quodlibetical, adjective
quodlibeticlly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quodlibet

quodlibet

/ˈkwɒdlɪˌbɛt/
noun
1.
a light piece of music based on two or more popular tunes
2.
a subtle argument, esp one prepared as an exercise on a theological topic
Derived Forms
quodlibetical, adjective
quodlibetically, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from quod what + libet pleases, that is, whatever you like
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Word Origin and History for quodlibet
n.

"a nicety, subtlety," late 14c., Latin, literally "what you will, what you please," from quod "what," neuter of qui (see who) + libet "it pleases" (see love (n.)).

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