con·​tra·​pun·​tal | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈpən-tᵊl How to pronounce contrapuntal (audio) \

Definition of contrapuntal

2 : of, relating to, or marked by counterpoint

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Other Words from contrapuntal

contrapuntally \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈpən-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce contrapuntal (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The harmony is, in places, arrestingly thick and hazy, the layering of motifs engagingly contrapuntal. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The tracks are 30 contrapuntal variations beginning and ending with an aria. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 17 June 2021 Where the solo organ music of Bach (1685-1750) is notable for its contrapuntal complexity, Duruflé’s is often marked by simple lyricism. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, 7 June 2021 Nina Lee reveled in the nuances of their contrapuntal lines. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 Aimaq uses this confrontation to set up a contrapuntal narrative between the lives of Daniel and Taj. Paul Sedan, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Jan. 2021 But contrapuntal elaboration works its way down through the string sections. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2020 Drawn to the most extreme position, Judd eschewed any sort of contrapuntal or hierarchical arrangements of shapes and marks on a surface. David Salle, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2020 Soonin Ham offers overlapped contrapuntal images that conjure a fading past, while Alan Sislen and Van Pulley contemplate vast landscapes veiled by, respectively, mist or sunlight. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of contrapuntal

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contrapuntal

Italian contrappunto counterpoint, from Medieval Latin contrapunctus — more at counterpoint entry 1

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“Contrapuntal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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