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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Con*trast"
To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.

Etymology: F. contraster, LL. contrastare to resist, withstand, fr. L. contra + stare to stand. See Stand

verb Con*trast"
  1. 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.
  2. [Fine Arts] 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."the figures of the groups must not be all on side . . . but must contrast each other by their several position." [Dryden.]
noun Con"trast
  1. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities."place the prospect of the soul In sober contrast with reality." [Wordsworth.]
  2. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison."The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons." [Whewell.]
  3. [Fine Arts] The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.

Etymology: F. contraste: cf. It. contrasto

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of distinguishing by comparing differences
  2. 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)
  3. The perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
  4. A conceptual separation or distinction
  5. The opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared ("in contrast to" and "by contrast")
  6. Put in opposition to show or emphasize differences ("The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student")
  7. To show differences when compared; be different ("the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities")

From French contraster, from Italian contrastare (“to resist", "to withstand”), from Vulgar Latin *contrāstāre, from Latin contrā (“against”) + stō, stāre (“to stand”)

  1. (countable) A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
    1. (uncountable) The degree of this difference.
      The red and the orange don't have much between them — I can hardly tell them apart.
    2. (countable) A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.
  2. (countable) A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
    Israel is a country of many .
  3. (countable, uncountable, rhetoric) Antithesis.

contrast was also found in the following language(s): Catalan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Contrast

High Contrast is a drum, bass, and liquid funk musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. High was given the name Lincoln Barrett on September 18th, 1979.


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Past life for Contrast born Apr 14, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 1650. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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