contrapuntal

[ kon-truh-puhn-tl ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈpʌn tl /

adjective Music.

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

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Origin of contrapuntal

1835–45; <Italian contrappunt(o) + -al1. See counterpoint

OTHER WORDS FROM contrapuntal

con·tra·pun·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntal

contrapuntal
/ (ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntəl) /

adjective

music characterized by counterpoint

Derived forms of contrapuntal

contrapuntally, adverb

Word Origin for contrapuntal

C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al 1
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