adjective Music.

of or relating to counterpoint.
composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.

Origin of contrapuntal

1835–45; < Italian contrappunt(o) + -al1. See counterpoint
Related formscon·tra·pun·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntally



music characterized by counterpoint
Derived Formscontrapuntally, adverb

Word Origin for contrapuntal

C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al 1
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Word Origin and History for contrapuntally



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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