counterpoint

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From counter- +‎ point, Middle French contrepoint.

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counterpoint (plural counterpoints)

  1. (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
  2. any similar contrasting element in a work of art
  3. An opposite point.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir E. Sandys to this entry?)

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counterpoint (third-person singular simple present counterpoints, present participle counterpointing, simple past and past participle counterpointed)

  1. (transitive) to compose or arrange such music

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