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 for contrast
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contrast \Con"trast\ (k[o^]n"tr[.a]st), n. [F. contraste: cf.
     It. contrasto.]
     1. The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted;
        comparison by contrariety of qualities.
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              place the prospect of the soul
              In sober contrast with reality.       --Wordsworth.
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     2. Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities;
        unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.
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              The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons.
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     3. (Fine Arts) The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc.,
        which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each
        other's peculiarities.                      --Fairholt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contrast \Con*trast"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Contrasted; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Contrasting.] [F. contraster, LL. contrastare to
     resist, withstand, fr. L. contra + stare to stand. See
     To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or
     opposition of qualities.
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           The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely
           with the divisional planes which separate the basalt
           into pillars.                            --Lyell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contrast \Con*trast"\, v. t.
     1. To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show
        the differences between, or the comparative excellences
        and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of
        qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.
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     2. (Fine Arts) To give greater effect to, as to a figure or
        other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition
        to another figure or object.
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              the figures of the groups must not be all on side .
              . . but must contrast each other by their several
              position.                             --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are
           compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast" [syn: contrast,
           direct contrast]
      2: the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
      3: a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow
         line between sanity and insanity" [syn: line, dividing
         line, demarcation, contrast]
      4: the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different
      5: 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)
      v 1: 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: to show differences when compared; be different; "the
         students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
         [syn: contrast, counterpoint]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  194 Moby Thesaurus words for "contrast":
     allegory, analogize, analogy, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy,
     antithesis, arc lighting, assimilate, bad copy, bad likeness,
     balance, balancing, black and white, bracket, bring into analogy,
     bring into comparison, bump heads, camouflage, chiaroscuro,
     clashing, collate, collision, comparative anatomy,
     comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment,
     comparative linguistics, comparative literature,
     comparative method, compare, compare and contrast, compare with,
     comparing, comparison, conflict, confront, confrontation,
     confrontment, contend, contention, contradiction,
     contradistinction, contraindication, contrapose, contraposit,
     contraposition, contrariety, contrastiveness, correlation,
     counteract, counterpose, counterposition, cross-purposes,
     decorative lighting, departure, deviation, difference,
     differentiate, direct lighting, disaccord, disaccordance,
     disagreement, disconformity, discongruity, discordance,
     discrepancy, discreteness, discriminate, disguise, disparity,
     dissemblance, dissent, dissimilarity, dissimilation, dissimilitude,
     dissonance, distinction, distinctiveness, distinctness,
     distinguish, divergence, divergency, diversity, draw a comparison,
     draw a parallel, electric lighting, enlightenment, face, far cry,
     festoon lighting, floodlighting, fluorescent lighting, front,
     gaslighting, glow lighting, heterogeneity, highlights, hostility,
     illumination, inaccordance, incandescent lighting,
     incommensurability, incomparability, incompatibility, incongruity,
     inconsistency, inconsonance, indirect lighting, inequality,
     inharmoniousness, inharmony, inimicalness, irradiation,
     irreconcilability, juxtapose, lie opposite, light and shade,
     lighting, liken, liken to, likening, makeup, match, matching,
     measure against, meet head-on, mere caricature, metaphor,
     metaphorize, mixture, nonconformity, nonuniformity, odds, oppose,
     opposing, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance,
     oppugnancy, otherness, overhead lighting, parallel, parallelism,
     perversity, place against, polar opposition, polarity,
     polarization, polarize, poor imitation, pose against,
     posing against, proportion, put in opposition, radiation, relate,
     relation, repugnance, run a comparison, separateness, set against,
     set in contrast, set in opposition, set off, set off against,
     set over against, showdown, simile, similitude, similize,
     spot lighting, stage lighting, stand opposed, stand opposite,
     strip lighting, subtend, tonality, trope of comparison,
     unconformity, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unresemblance, unsameness,
     unsimilarity, variance, variation, variegation, variety,
     view together, weigh, weigh against, weighing

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