accompaniment


accompaniment
accompaniment, concomitant denote in common something attendant upon or found in association with another thing. Both may imply addition, but they vary chiefly in the kind of relationship connoted between the principal and the attendant things.
Accompaniment often suggests enhancement by the addition of something appropriate
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the piano accompaniment for a violin solo

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the usual accompaniments of a turkey dinner

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fame is not always the accompaniment of success

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Sometimes it stresses concurrence or coincidence rather than causal connection
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a Roman sedition was the all but invariable accompaniment of a Roman coronation— Bryce

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Concomitant, by contrast, conveys the idea of customary or necessary association. It does not as a rule need the qualifying words (invariable, essential, inevitable) which so often precede it, for it implies in itself the qualities attributed by these words
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disruption of routine is the concomitant of illnesses in a staff

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Unemployment is the concomitant of a financial panic

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tuberculosis, hookworm, and infant mortality—the pathological concomitants of pauperism— Handlin

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  • accompaniment — [n1] necessary part or embellishment accessory, adjunct, appendage, appurtenance, attachment, attendant, attribute, augmentation, complement, concomitant, enhancement, enrichment, supplement; concepts 834,835 accompaniment [n2] music that… …   New thesaurus

  • accompaniment — [ə kum′pə nə mənt, ə kum′pənēmənt; ] often [, ə kump′nəmənt, ə kump′nēmənt] n. 1. anything that accompanies something else; thing added, usually for order or symmetry 2. Music a part, usually instrumental, performed together with the main part… …   English World dictionary

  • Accompaniment — Ac*com pa*ni*ment ( ment), n. [F. accompagnement.] That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accompaniment — index appurtenance, attendance, codicil, rider, synchronism Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • accompaniment — (n.) 1744, from Fr. accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see ACCOMPANY (Cf. accompany)). Musical sense is earliest …   Etymology dictionary

  • accompaniment — ► NOUN 1) a musical part which accompanies an instrument, voice, or group. 2) something that supplements or complements something else …   English terms dictionary

  • Accompaniment — A typical accompaniment pattern of a Mozart concerto or aria.  Play ( …   Wikipedia

  • accompaniment — noun 1 things that go or happen together ADJECTIVE ▪ essential, ideal, perfect ▪ delicious, good VERB + ACCOMPANIMENT ▪ be …   Collocations dictionary

  • accompaniment — /euh kum peuh ni meuhnt, euh kump ni /, n. 1. something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc. 2. Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts. [1725 35; ACCOMPANY + MENT] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • accompaniment — n. 1) an accompaniment to (a piano accompaniment to a song) 2) to the accompaniment of (to the accompaniment of soft music) * * * [ə kʌmp(ə)nɪmənt] an accompaniment to (a piano accompaniment to a song) to the accompaniment of (to the… …   Combinatory dictionary


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