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.

Nearby words

  1. contrapose,
  2. contraposition,
  3. contrapositive,
  4. contrapposto,
  5. contraption,
  6. contrapuntist,
  7. contrarian,
  8. contrariety,
  9. contrarily,
  10. contrariness

Origin of contrapuntal

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

Related formscon·tra·pun·tal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntally

contrapuntal

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntəl) /

adjective

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

contrapuntal

adj.

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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