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contrast - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'contrast' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Contrast [ n.]
- The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
- Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
- The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.
2 . Contrast [ v. i.]
- To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
3 . Contrast [ v. t.]
- 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.
- 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.

Meaning of 'contrast' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . contrast [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
Example in sentence:
  • by contrast;
  • in contrast to
Meaning (2):
- a conceptual separation or distinction
Example in sentence:
  • there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
3 . contrast [ v]
Meaning (3):
- put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
Example in sentence:
  • The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student
Meaning (4):
- to show differences when compared; be different
Example in sentence:
  • the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities