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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Italian contrapposto, past participle of contrapporre.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

contrapposto (plural contrapposto or contrapposti)

  1. (art) The position of a figure whose hips and legs are twisted away from the direction of the head and shoulders. [from 20th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      The contrapposto flexes one buttock and relaxes the other.

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

contra- +‎ posto

VerbEdit

contrapposto m (feminine singular contrapposta, masculine plural contrapposti, feminine plural contrapposte)

  1. past participle of contrapporre
  2. past participle of contrapporsi

AdjectiveEdit

contrapposto (feminine singular contrapposta, masculine plural contrapposti, feminine plural contrapposte)

  1. contrasting
  2. opposing, opposed