coun·​ter·​subject | \ "+ˌ- \
plural countersubjects

Definition of countersubject

: a secondary line or voice (see voice entry 1 sense 1b(4)) that accompanies statements of the main subject (see subject entry 1 sense 3f) in a fugue (see fugue entry 1 sense 1b)

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First Known Use of countersubject

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for countersubject

counter- + subject

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“Countersubject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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