countersubject

[ koun-ter-suhb-jikt ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˈsʌb dʒɪkt /

noun Music.

a theme in a fugue that occurs simultaneously with the second and often the subsequent themes of the main subject.

Nearby words

  1. counterspy,
  2. counterstain,
  3. counterstamp,
  4. counterstatement,
  5. counterstroke,
  6. countersue,
  7. countersuit,
  8. countertenor,
  9. counterterrorism,
  10. countertop

Origin of countersubject

First recorded in 1850–55; counter- + subject

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British Dictionary definitions for countersubject

countersubject

/ (ˈkaʊntəˌsʌbdʒɪkt) /

noun

music (in a fugue) the theme in one voice that accompanies the statement of the subject in another
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