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countersubject

[koun-ter-suhb-jikt]
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noun Music.
  1. a theme in a fugue that occurs simultaneously with the second and often the subsequent themes of the main subject.

Origin of countersubject

First recorded in 1850–55; counter- + subject
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British Dictionary definitions for countersubject

countersubject

noun
  1. music (in a fugue) the theme in one voice that accompanies the statement of the subject in another
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