1. contrast, direct contrast, opposition, oppositeness

usage: the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"

2. contrast, comparison, comparing

usage: the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

3. line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast, differentiation, distinction

usage: a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

4. contrast, visual perception, beholding, seeing

usage: the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

5. contrast, scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit

usage: 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)


1. contrast, distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart

usage: put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

2. contrast, counterpoint, differ

usage: to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

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