quodlibet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quodlibet an issue that is presented for formal disputation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quodlibet (Mus) A medley improvised by several performers.
    • Quodlibet A nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point. "These are your quodlibets , but no learning."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quodlibet A scholastic argumentation upon a subject chosen at will, but almost always theological. These are generally the most elaborate and subtle of the works of the scholastic doctors. There are about a dozen printed books of quodlibets, all written between 1250 and 1350.
    • n quodlibet In music: A fantasia or potpourri.
    • n quodlibet A fanciful or humorous harmonic combination of two or more well-known melodies: sometimes equivalent to a Dutch concert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quodlibet kwod′li-bet a scholastic argument upon a subject chosen at will, almost invariably theological: a humorous fanciful combination of two or more familiar melodies
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., what you please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 'what you please'—quod, what, libet, it pleases.

Usage

In literature:

L. Livius M. F. Praenestinus, quodlibet in negotium non inhonestum qui victum meream locare ve lim.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Quodlibet; containing some Annals thereof.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Here were quodlibets for Don Sancho's logic.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
It was a quodlibet from "Gaudeamus igitur," "Vive la joie," and "God save the king.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
QUODLIBETS, or Scholastic Disquisitions, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Quodlibet, or that which now is Quodlibet, was then as nothing.
"Quodlibet" by John P. Kennedy
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