contrast

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noun
ADJECTIVE
clear, marked, sharp, stark, strong

There is a stark contrast between the lives of the rich and those of the poor.

complete, direct
dramatic, startling, striking, stunning, vivid

Her hair was black, a stunning contrast to her pale complexion.

interesting, refreshing, welcome

The two cities make an interesting contrast.

VERB + CONTRAST
make, offer, present, provide, show

The fresh fruit provides a contrast to the rich chocolate pudding.

draw

He draws a sharp contrast between himself and his opponents.

emphasize, highlight

The writer emphasizes the contrast between conventional and alternative medicine.

heighten
PREPOSITION
by contrast

When you look at their new system, ours seems very old-fashioned by contrast.

in contrast, in contrast to, in contrast with

The company lost $13 million this year, in contrast with a profit of $15 million last year.

In contrast, the south suffered very little hurricane damage.

contrast between

The contrast between the sisters was very strong.

contrast in

The contrast in their appearance was striking.

contrast to

This busy social life was a complete contrast to his old quiet life.

contrast with

The flowers provide a contrast with the dark background.

PHRASES
stand in … contrast to sb/sth

Their attitudes to marriage stand in stark contrast to those of their parents.

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verb
1 compare things in order to show differences
ADVERB
favourably/favorably, unfavourably/unfavorably

He contrasted her brashness unfavourably/unfavorably with his mother's gentleness.

PREPOSITION
with
PHRASES
compare and contrast

Compare and contrast the two main characters in the play.

2 be clearly different
ADVERB
dramatically, greatly, markedly, sharply, starkly, strikingly, strongly, vividly
beautifully, nicely, perfectly

His cream shirt contrasted beautifully with his tan skin.

oddly
favourably/favorably

The open approach contrasts favourably/favorably with the exclusivity of some universities.

PREPOSITION
with

This statement contrasts starkly with his previous statements.


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