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adjective Music.
  1. of or relating to counterpoint.
  2. 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
Related formscon·tra·pun·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for contrapuntally


  1. music characterized by counterpoint
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Derived Formscontrapuntally, adverb

Word Origin

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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