counterpoint

To counterpoint is to contrast. If you point out that you should have class outside, someone might counterpoint by reminding you that it’s raining. In music, counterpoint is when two separate melodies are played or sung at the same time.

When a composer writes a piece of music using voices that follow different rhythms or pitches but ultimately come together harmonically, she uses counterpoint. You can also use this word as a verb to mean "to highlight difference:" "My tidy bookshelves counterpoint the mess of papers and books on my desk." The musical meaning of counterpoint, "pricking musical notes under the original melody on a manuscript," comes from an earlier sewing or quilting meaning.

Primary Meanings of counterpoint

1.
nv
a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
write in counterpoint
2.
v
to show differences when compared; be different
Full Definitions of counterpoint
1

n a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies

Type of:
concerted music, polyphonic music, polyphony
music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments

v write in counterpoint

“Bach perfected the art of counterpointing
Type of:
compose, write
write music
2

v to show differences when compared; be different

Synonyms:
contrast
Types:
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counterbalance, oppose
contrast with equal weight or force
conflict
be in conflict
foil
enhance by contrast
counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight
constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to
clash, collide, jar
be incompatible; be or come into conflict
Type of:
differ
be different

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