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Definition of counterpoint noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (music) the combination of two or more tunes played together to form a single piece of music synonym polyphony The two melodies are played in counterpoint. see also contrapuntal
  2. 2[countable] counterpoint (to something) (music) a tune played in combination with another one
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (formal) a pleasing or interesting contrast This work is in austere counterpoint to that of Gaudi.
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