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quodlibet

[kwod-luh-bet]
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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.
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Origin of quodlibet

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quodlibetum; compare Latin quod libet what pleases, as you please
Related formsquod·li·bet·ic, quod·li·bet·i·cal, adjectivequod·li·bet·i·cl·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quodlibetical

quodlibet

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
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Derived Formsquodlibetical, adjectivequodlibetically, 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 quodlibetical

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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