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English noun: contrast

1. contrast the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

SamplesIn contrast to.
By contrast.

Synonymsdirect contrast

Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

2. contrast (act) the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

Broader (hypernym)comparing, comparison

3. contrast (cognition) a conceptual separation or distinction

SamplesThere is a narrow line between sanity and insanity.

Synonymsdemarcation, dividing line, line

Broader (hypernym)differentiation, distinction

Narrower (hyponym)point of no return, Rubicon

4. contrast (cognition) the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

Broader (hypernym)beholding, seeing, visual perception

5. contrast (attribute) 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)

Broader (hypernym)ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope

Domain categoryphotography, picture taking

English verb: contrast

1. contrast (cognition) put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

SamplesThe middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart

2. contrast (stative) to show differences when compared; be different

SamplesThe students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)differ

Narrower (hyponym)conflict, counterbalance, foil, oppose

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