variants or contrafactum
plural contrafacts
or contrafacta
: 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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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