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[kwod-luh-bet] /ˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt/

a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usually on a theological or scholastic subject.
Music. a humorous composition consisting of two or more independent and harmonically complementary melodies, usually quotations of well-known tunes, played or sung together, usually to different texts, in a polyphonic arrangement.
a light piece of music based on two or more popular tunes
a subtle argument, esp one prepared as an exercise on a theological topic

“a nicety, subtlety,” late 14c., Latin, literally “what you will, what you please,” from quod “what,” neuter of qui (see who) + libet “it pleases” (see love (n.)).


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