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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.


Synonymscounterpoint


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


Broader (hypernym)differ


Narrower (hyponym)conflict, counterbalance, foil, oppose









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