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Definition of "contrast" []

  • To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences: an essay that contrasts city and country life; contrasted this computer with inferior models. (verb-transitive)
  • To show differences when compared: siblings who contrast sharply in interests and abilities; a color that contrasted clearly with the dark background. (verb-intransitive)
  • Linguistics To evince a difference that can distinguish meaning: Voiced and voiceless stops contrast in English but not in Cree. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of contrasting; a setting off of dissimilar entities or objects. (noun)
  • The state of being contrasted: red berries standing in vivid contrast against the snow. (noun)
  • To distinguish or be distinguished by comparison of unlike or opposite qualities (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Distinction or emphasis of difference by comparison of opposite or dissimilar things, qualities, etc (esp in the phrases by contrast, in contrast to or with) (noun)
  • A person or thing showing notable differences when compared with another (noun)
  • (in painting) the effect of the juxtaposition of different colours, tones, etc (noun)
  • (of a photographic emulsion) the degree of density measured against exposure used (noun)
  • The extent to which adjacent areas of an optical image, esp on a television screen or in a photographic negative or print, differ in brightness (noun)
  • The phenomenon that when two different but related stimuli are presented close together in space and/or time they are perceived as being more different than they really are (noun)

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Use "contrast" in a sentence
  • "PCL-R Factor 1, in contrast, is associated with extraversion and positive affect. ...."
  • "Illiquidity, in contrast, is pissing $Trillions away on unproductive parasites and bleeding people who do real work dry."
  • "The mindful individual, in contrast, is one who shapes reality by identifying several possible perspectives from which any situation may be viewed ..."