contrafact

noun con·tra·fact \ˈkän‧trəˌfakt\
variants: or

contrafactum

Definition of contrafact

plural

contrafacts

\-ts\ or

contrafacta

\-tə\
  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at do


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