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counterpoint (plural counterpoints)
- (music) a melody added to an existing one, especially one added to provide harmony whilst each retains its simultaneous identity; a composition consisting of such contrapuntal melodies
- any similar contrasting element in a work of art
- An opposite point.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir E. Sandys to this entry?)
(music) a melody added to an existing one
(transitive) to compose or arrange such music