contrafact

noun
con·​tra·​fact | \ ˈkän‧trəˌfakt \
variants: or contrafactum \ ˈ⸗⸗ˌ⸗təm , ˌ⸗⸗ˈ⸗⸗ \
plural contrafacts\ -​ts \ or contrafacta\ -​tə \

Definition of contrafact

: a 16th century musical setting of the mass or a chorale or hymn produced by replacing the text of a secular song with religious poetry — compare parody mass

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History and Etymology for contrafact

New Latin contrafactum, from Medieval Latin, neuter of contrafactus, past participle of contrafacere to counterfeit (translation of Middle French contrefaire), from Latin contra- + facere to do

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“Contrafact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrafact. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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