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adj. Music
Of, relating to, or incorporating counterpoint.

[From obsolete Italian contrapunto, counterpoint : Italian contra-, against (from Latin contrā-; see contra-) + Italian punto, point, note (from Vulgar Latin *punctum, from Latin pūnctum; see punctual).]

con′tra·pun′tal·ly adv.


(Music, other) music characterized by counterpoint
[C19: from Italian contrappunto counterpoint + al1]
ˌcontraˈpuntally adv


(ˌkɒn trəˈpʌn tl)

1. of or involving musical counterpoint.
2. composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together.
[1835–45; < Italian contrappunt(o) (< Medieval Latin contrāpūnctus) + -al1. See counterpoint]
con`tra•pun′tal•ly, adv.


Typical of or using counterpoint.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contrapuntal - relating to or characteristic of or according to the rules of counterpoint; "contrapuntal base"
2.contrapuntal - having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner


[ˌkɒntrəˈpʌntl] ADJde contrapunto


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