Definitions of contrast

  1. to show differences when compared; be different; " the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
  2. the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  3. ( photography) 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)
  4. the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
  5. a conceptual separation or demarcation; " there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  6. the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; " in contrast to", " by contrast"
  7. put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; " The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
  8. 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)
  9. To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
  13. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
  14. The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.
  15. To compare in order to show unlikeness; to state the difference between.
  16. To be different, as shown by comparison.
  17. Difference of qualities shown by comparison; the thing or quality opposed to another.
  18. A comparison in which the differences between two objects are shown.
  19. To stand against or in opposition to.
  20. To set in opposition, in order to show superiority or give effect.
  21. Opposition or unlikeness in things compared: exhibition of differences.
  22. Opposition or strong unlikeness; comparison of opposites.
  23. To place or show in opposition.
  24. To stand in opposition; exhibit opposite qualities.
  25. To compare in order to show unlikeness.
  26. To stand in opposition; show unlikeness.
  27. Partial unlikeness between things compared; also, the things thus opposed.
  28. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities, the presentation of opposite things with a view to comparison.
  29. To set in opposition different things or qualities, to show more strikingly the superior excellence of one to another.
  30. To stand in contrast or opposition.
  31. Opposition or difference of qualities made manifest by direct comparison; opposition of outline or colour to increase effect.
  32. To oppose different things, qualities, or conditions to each other that, by comparison, the superior excellence of one of them may be seen; to set things in opposition, or side by side, in order that the superiority of one of them may be exhibited in a more striking point of view.

Quotes of contrast

  1. In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can. – Maurice Baring
  2. The system that enables the most people to earn the most success is free enterprise, by matching up people's skills, interests, and abilities. In contrast redistribution simply spreads money around. Even worse, it attenuates the ability to earn success by perverting economic incentives. – Arthur C. Brooks
  3. When there were fears about the future of this nation's older cities... when a few of the cities teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, all eyes were focused on Chicago for contrast – Jane Byrne
  4. I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China. The contrast between the beauty of the past and the ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China. – Jung Chang
  5. The cultural contrast I saw between religions... Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever. Protestants in general say things to God directly. – Robert Duvall
  6. Once the image was in the digital environment, one of the problems was, we had no means to reproduce the color spectrum, grey scale, and contrast that film produces, without converting the digital file to film, evaluating it, then going back and changing the digital image. – John Dykstra
  7. Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other. – Edmund Husserl
  8. The duty of a toastmaster is to be so dull that the succeeding speakers will appear brilliant by contrast – Clarence Budington Kelland
  9. In contrast Christianity, while acknowledging the presence of suffering, declares that life can be infinitely worth living and opens the way to eternal life in fellowship with God Who so loved the world that He gave Himself in Christ. – Kenneth Scott Latourette
  10. There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast Nothing exists in itself. – Herman Melville
  11. The Israeli government has proved over the past year its commitment to peace, both in words and deeds. By contrast the Palestinians are posing preconditions for renewing the diplomatic process in a way they have not done over the course of 16 years. – Benjamin Netanyahu
  12. Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white... to highlight that contrast – Leonard Nimoy
  13. Contrast that with the call of the Liberal Democrats in April, when they were prepared to call upon the British people to participate in a 24 -hour strike. It shows how far to the right the Labour Party's gone. – Arthur Scargill
  14. What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers. – Flora Tristan
  15. One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow -minded and dull, but also just stupid. – James D. Watson

Usage examples for contrast

  1. Wouldn'tthis humble dress set off your clothes by contrast – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  2. Contrast the freezing midnight scene of storm and surf, eight miles from the nearest land, with the quiet sleep of millions. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor
  3. He has forever associated their names in contrast – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  4. Here, then, is the point of contrast – Far Off Things by Arthur Machen
  5. A fine contrast to the sea hog, I thought. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  6. Besides, I want her to contrast with me as if I'd taken any amount of trouble about my own appearance and none about hers. – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  7. You see, my dear, we live in an age of contrast – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  8. It was a strange contrast – The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus by G. A. Chadwick
  9. A more complete contrast than this little girl presented to her parents and brother, cannot be imagined. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  10. Georgina's stern little note beginning " Dear Sir" was the next in order and was in such sharp contrast to the loving, intimate way she addressed her mother, that he felt the intended reproach of it, even while it amused and surprised him. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  11. The contrast made him laugh out loud. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  12. The trees look black in contrast as you gaze up from the beach against the high bank. – The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough
  13. " But a contrast is what you men always like. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  14. The contrast is admirable in these two figures, and Weinman deserves all the popular applause bestowed upon his work. – The Art of the Exposition by Eugen Neuhaus
  15. He could almost have laughed at the contrast between the place his fancy had painted and the place he had found, at what he had thought would happen, and at what had happened! – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  16. Laura wore a fashionable black dinner dress and her skin, by contrast was very white. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  17. His fondness for contrast often leads him to make one picture too bright and the other too dark. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  18. All this was silly, but it pleases us men, and contrast is so charming! – Peg Woffington by Charles Reade
  19. At the same time, the contrast between the cat and the dog has often been exaggerated by dog- lovers. – The Pleasures of Ignorance by Robert Lynd
  20. The chief members are connected either by standing in contrast as members, or by but, understood before Johnson. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown