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contrast

noun [C or U]     /ˈkɒn.trɑːst/ US  /ˈkɑːn.træst/
B2 an obvious difference between two or more things: I like the contrast of the white trousers with the black jacket. The antique furnishing provides an unusual contrast to the modernity of the building. There's a marked contrast between his character and hers. Their economy has expanded enormously, while ours, by/in contrast, has declined. The amount spent on defence is in stark/sharp (= in very noticeable) contrast to that spent on housing and health. I love his use of contrast (= strong differences between light and darkness) in his later photographs.Different and difference Grammar:ContrastsThere are several common expressions for making contrasts in English. They include on the one hand … on the other hand, on the contrary, in comparison, by comparison, in contrast, by contrast.See more
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