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counterpoint

coun·ter·point

counterpoint

 
pronunciation:
kaUn tr poInt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a method of composing or arranging music in which diverse but harmonious melodies are played at the same time.
Bach often used counterpoint in his keyboard compositions, with each hand playing a different version of the same melody.
definition 2: music, or one melodic line of a composition, that uses counterpoint.
definition 3: any idea, argument, or theme that contrasts with but complements another.
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The word counterpoint contains the following part:
counter-, contra- Latin prefix that means against, in the opposite direction