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Definition of Contrast

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

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Sigmund Freud

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
Voltaire

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

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
Victor Hugo

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
Victor Hugo
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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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