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contrapuntal

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adjective con·tra·pun·tal \ˌkän-trə-ˈpən-təl\

Definition of contrapuntal

  1. 1 :  polyphonic

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or marked by counterpoint

con·tra·pun·tal·ly play \-təl-ē\ adverb


Origin of contrapuntal

Italian contrappunto counterpoint, from Medieval Latin contrapunctus — more at counterpoint


First Known Use: 1845


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