coun·​ter·​fugue | \ "+ˌ-\
plural counterfugues

Definition of counterfugue

: a musical fugue (see fugue entry 1 sense 1b) in which the answer (see answer entry 1 sense 5) is the inversion of the subject (see subject entry 1 sense 3f)

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First Known Use of counterfugue

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for counterfugue

translation of French contre-fugue

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a strong desire or propensity

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