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Definition of Contrast


  1. To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.
  5. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
  6. The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.

Contrast Quotations

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
Charles Dickens

Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don't give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.
Ben Shapiro

In teaching color, you teach people how to look something and see the tone in it and break it down to be able to paint it and reproduce that color. But then, I'm psychedelic, so I look at color differently. I like colors that are in contrast with one another, so that they flicker back and forth.
John Van Hamersveld

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

Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things.
David Lynch
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Contrast Translations

contrast in Afrikaans is teenstelling
contrast in Dutch is contrasteren, afsteken
contrast in German is Kontrast, entgegensetzen, Gegensatz
contrast in Italian is antagonismo
contrast in Portuguese is contraste
contrast in Spanish is contrastar, contraste, antitesis
contrast in Swedish is motsats, kontrastera, kontrast
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