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contrast    : [k'ɑntræst] [kəntr'æst]
Contrast \Con"trast\ (k[o^]n"tr[.a]st), n. [F. contraste: cf.
It. contrasto.]
1. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted;
comparison by contrariety of qualities.
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place the prospect of the soul
In sober contrast with reality. --Wordsworth.
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2. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities;
unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
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The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons.
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3. (Fine Arts) The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc.,
which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each
other's peculiarities. --Fairholt.
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Contrast \Con*trast"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Contrasted}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Contrasting}.] [F. contraster, LL. contrastare to
resist, withstand, fr. L. contra stare to stand. See
To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or
opposition of qualities.
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The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely
with the divisional planes which separate the basalt
into pillars. --Lyell.
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Contrast \Con*trast"\, v. t.
1. To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show
the differences between, or the comparative excellences
and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of
qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.
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2. (Fine Arts) To give greater effect to, as to a figure or
other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition
to another figure or object.
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the figures of the groups must not be all on side .
. . but must contrast each other by their several
position. --Dryden.
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n 1: the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are
compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast" [synonym: {contrast},
{direct contrast}]
2: the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
3: a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow
line between sanity and insanity" [synonym: {line}, {dividing
line}, {demarcation}, {contrast}]
4: the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different
5: the range of optical density and tone on a photographic
negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a
television screen differ in brightness)
v 1: put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The
middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work
with that of her weakest student"
2: to show differences when compared; be different; "the
students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
[synonym: {contrast}, {counterpoint}]

194 Moby Thesaurus words for "contrast":
allegory, analogize, analogy, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy,
antithesis, arc lighting, assimilate, bad copy, bad likeness,
balance, balancing, black and white, bracket, bring into analogy,
bring into comparison, bump heads, camouflage, chiaroscuro,
clashing, collate, collision, comparative anatomy,
comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment,
comparative linguistics, comparative literature,
comparative method, compare, compare and contrast, compare with,
comparing, comparison, conflict, confront, confrontation,
confrontment, contend, contention, contradiction,
contradistinction, contraindication, contrapose, contraposit,
contraposition, contrariety, contrastiveness, correlation,
counteract, counterpose, counterposition, cross-purposes,
decorative lighting, departure, deviation, difference,
differentiate, direct lighting, disaccord, disaccordance,
disagreement, disconformity, discongruity, discordance,
discrepancy, discreteness, discriminate, disguise, disparity,
dissemblance, dissent, dissimilarity, dissimilation, dissimilitude,
dissonance, distinction, distinctiveness, distinctness,
distinguish, divergence, divergency, diversity, draw a comparison,
draw a parallel, electric lighting, enlightenment, face, far cry,
festoon lighting, floodlighting, fluorescent lighting, front,
gaslighting, glow lighting, heterogeneity, highlights, hostility,
illumination, inaccordance, incandescent lighting,
incommensurability, incomparability, incompatibility, incongruity,
inconsistency, inconsonance, indirect lighting, inequality,
inharmoniousness, inharmony, inimicalness, irradiation,
irreconcilability, juxtapose, lie opposite, light and shade,
lighting, liken, liken to, likening, makeup, match, matching,
measure against, meet head-on, mere caricature, metaphor,
metaphorize, mixture, nonconformity, nonuniformity, odds, oppose,
opposing, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance,
oppugnancy, otherness, overhead lighting, parallel, parallelism,
perversity, place against, polar opposition, polarity,
polarization, polarize, poor imitation, pose against,
posing against, proportion, put in opposition, radiation, relate,
relation, repugnance, run a comparison, separateness, set against,
set in contrast, set in opposition, set off, set off against,
set over against, showdown, simile, similitude, similize,
spot lighting, stage lighting, stand opposed, stand opposite,
strip lighting, subtend, tonality, trope of comparison,
unconformity, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unresemblance, unsameness,
unsimilarity, variance, variation, variegation, variety,
view together, weigh, weigh against, weighing

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  • contrast Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
    contrast definition: 1 an obvious difference between two or more things: 2 to compare two people or things in order to show the differences between them: 3 Meaning of “contrast” in the English Dictionary English English; American; Examples Search from your browser Add Cambridge Dictionary to your browser in a click! Get our
  • Contrast definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    Contrast definition: A contrast is a great difference between two or more things which is clear when you | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples English Dictionary Definition of contrast from the Collins English Dictionary Gender of nouns
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    Careful contrast of the twins shows some differences In contrast to with last year's profits, the company is not doing very well The queen's wit and humor made the prince seem dull by contrast
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    Contrast definition, to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc , of: Contrast the political rights of Romans and Greeks See more
  • Contrast | Definition of Contrast by Merriam-Webster
    Contrast definition is - to set off in contrast : compare or appraise in respect to differences —often used with to or with Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free! Merriam-Webster unabridged WORD OF THE DAY circuitous Browse the Spanish-English
  • Contrast - definition of contrast by The Free Dictionary
    2 Linguistics To evince a difference that can distinguish meaning: Voiced and voiceless stops contrast in English but not in Cree
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    English synonyms, English pronunciation, English translation, English dictionary definition of English adj 1 Of, relating to, or characteristic of England or its people or culture 2
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    Definition of contrast in the AudioEnglish org Dictionary Meaning of contrast What does contrast mean? Proper usage and pronunciation (in phonetic transcription) of the word contrast Information about contrast in the AudioEnglish org dictionary, synonyms and antonyms
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