• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒntɹɑːst/
    (America) enPR: kŏn'trăst, IPA: /ˈkɑnt(ʃ)ɹæst/
    (British) IPA: /kənˈtɹɑːst/
    (America) enPR kəntrăst', IPA: /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹæst/, /ˈkɑnt(ʃ)ɹæst/


  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 contrast 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 contrasts.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter I, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  3. (countable, uncountable, rhetoric) Antithesis.
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contrast (contrasts, present participle contrasting; past and past participle contrasted)

  1. (transitive) To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
  2. (intransitive) To form a contrast.
    Foreground and background strongly contrast.
    • The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely with the divisional planes which separate the basalt into pillars.
  • French: contraster
  • German: gegenüberstellen
  • Portuguese: contrastar
  • Russian: противопоставля́ть

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