- 1the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association
- 2the degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture, photograph, or television image
Using contrast: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contrast" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The contrast between the two paintings was striking.
The contrast between the light and dark areas of the photograph was too high.
The contrast between her cheerful personality and his gloomy one was noticeable.
contrast Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with contrast
In contrast to her brother, she is very outgoing.
used to show how two or more things are different, especially when the second thing is surprising after the first
He is very shy; by contrast, his sister is very confident.
The modern architecture of the new building contrasts sharply with the traditional style of the old one.
Origins of contrast
from Latin 'contra' meaning 'against' and 'stare' meaning 'stand'
Summary: contrast in Brief
The term 'contrast' [ˈkɒntræst] refers to the state of being strikingly different from something else, or the degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of an image. It can be used to describe differences between people, objects, or concepts, as in 'The contrast between her cheerful personality and his gloomy one was noticeable.' 'Contrast' is often used in phrases like 'in contrast' or 'by contrast' to highlight differences, and 'contrast with' to indicate a sharp difference.