[ verb kuhn-trast, kon-trast; noun kon-trast ]SEE DEFINITION OF contrasts
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The contrasts were so cruel that they scorched the eyes of the soul.

It contrasts "foe and friend," just as the sonnet contrasts "love and hate."

These contrasts might, indeed, be tragic enough, but they are actually comic.

His love of reputation is characteristically Greek, and contrasts with the humility of Socrates.

Recognition of contrasts (the presentation of the extremes of a series of objects).

Nothing helps a man's health so much as contrasts in climate or habits.

He contrasts his life, which is a moderately active one, with hers. '

If contrasts are mutually attractive, then you will like him.

The same may be said of other colours, shades, and contrasts.

He then contrasts the different spirit animating the officers and the men.


1690s, from French contraster (Old French contrester), modified by or from Italian contrastare "stand out against, strive, contend," from Vulgar Latin *contrastare "to withstand," from Latin contra "against" (see contra) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

Middle English had contrest "to fight against, to withstand," which became extinct. Modern word re-introduced as an art term. Related: Contrasted; contrasting; contrastive.