contrast
I. verb Etymology: French contraster, from Middle French, to oppose, resist, alteration of contrester, from Vulgar Latin *contrastare, from Latin contra- + stare to stand — more at stand Date: 1646 transitive verb to set off in contrast ; compare or appraise in respect to differences <
contrast European and American manners
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— often used with to or with <
contrasting her with other women — Victoria Sackville-West
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intransitive verb to form a contrast Synonyms: see comparecontrastable adjectivecontrastingly adverb II. noun Date: 1711 1. a. juxtaposition of dissimilar elements (as color, tone, or emotion) in a work of art b. degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture 2. a. the difference or degree of difference between things having similar or comparable natures <
the contrast between the two forms of government
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b. comparison of similar objects to set off their dissimilar qualities ; the state of being so compared <
the enforced simplicity in this diary…is in contrast to the intensity of his former life — Times Literary Supplement
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3. a person or thing that exhibits differences when compared with another

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