adjective Etymology: Italian contrappunto counterpoint, from Medieval Latin contrapunctus — more at counterpoint Date: 1845 1. polyphonic 2. of, relating to, or marked by counterpoint • contrapuntally adverb

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  • Contrapuntal — Con tra*pun tal, a. [It. contrappunto counterpoint. See {Counterpoint}.] (Mus.) Pertaining to, or according to the rules of, counterpoint. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrapuntal — 1845, from It. contrapunto counterpoint, also backstitch, from contra against + punto point. Musical use is from M.L. cantus contrapunctis. Cf. COUNTERPOINT (Cf. counterpoint). Related: Contrapuntally …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrapuntal — ► ADJECTIVE Music ▪ of or in counterpoint. DERIVATIVES contrapuntally adverb contrapuntist noun. ORIGIN from Italian contrapunto counterpoint …   English terms dictionary

  • contrapuntal — [kän΄trə punt′ l] adj. [It contrappunto (see COUNTERPOINT + AL] 1. of or characterized by counterpoint 2. according to the principles of counterpoint contrapuntally adv …   English World dictionary

  • contrapuntal — adj. Contrapuntal is used with these nouns: ↑music …   Collocations dictionary

  • contrapuntal — contrapuntally, adv. /kon treuh pun tl/, adj. Music. 1. of or pertaining to counterpoint. 2. composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together. [1835 45; < It contrappunt(o) + AL1. See COUNTERPOINT] * * * …   Universalium

  • contrapuntal — adjective Of or relating to counterpoint …   Wiktionary

  • contrapuntal — con·tra·pun·tal || ‚kÉ’ntrÉ™ pÊŒntl adj. (Music) pertaining to counterpoint (combining of two different melodies) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contrapuntal — [ˌkɒntrə pʌnt(ə)l] adjective Music of or in counterpoint. Derivatives contrapuntally adverb contrapuntist noun Origin C19: from Ital. contrapunto (see counterpoint) + al …   English new terms dictionary

  • contrapuntal — con·tra·pun·tal …   English syllables

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