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Meaning & Definition of Contrast in English

English

Contrast

/kɑntræst/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • contrast

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 colors

    synonym:
  • contrast

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)

    synonym:
  • contrast

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • contrast

2. To show differences when compared

  • Be different
  • "The students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
    synonym:
  • contrast
  • ,
  • counterpoint

Examples of using

There is a great contrast between city life and country life.