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contrast
used in The Scarlet Letter

2 meanings, 2 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Definition
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (70% in)
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
Definition
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
  • I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (25% in)
contrast = notable difference
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