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contrast
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The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
  a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Although all senses of the word contrast have to do with the word different, there are enough substantially different meanings that it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
  • There was quite a contrast between the styles of the two teachers.
  • Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The air of completeness and superiority with which she walked at my side, and the air of youthfulness and submission with which I walked at hers, made a contrast that I strongly felt.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O’Brien’s urbane manner and his prize-fighter’s physique.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • As Atticus’s fists went to his hips, so did Jem’s, and as they faced each other I could see little resemblance between them: Jem’s soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother’s, contrasting oddly with Atticus’s graying black hair and square-cut features, but they were somehow alike.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield.  Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves.  What a contrast between him and his friend!  Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • CHAPTER XXXVII IN WHICH THE READER MAY PERCEIVE A CONTRAST, NOT UNCOMMON IN MATRIMONIAL CASES
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • To me at least there was a strange contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • There could not have been a greater contrast between brother and sister, for Stapleton was neutral tinted, with light hair and gray eyes, while she was darker than any brunette whom I have seen in England—slim, elegant, and tall.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "I was at the festival of my marriage, monsieur," said the young man, his voice slightly tremulous, so great was the contrast between that happy moment and the painful ceremony he was now undergoing;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Keating thought with relief that there was nothing frightening about her; there was only a disquieting contrast between her words and the candid innocence of the manner she used to utter them; he did not know which to trust.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A few days later Locke got picked up for a column in a New England newsnet, specifically to provide a contrasting view for their popular column from Demosthenes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Harry could see him sweating in the torchlight, his white skin contrasting strongly with the black of his hair and beard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The chill Westerberg sensed between Alex and his parents stood in marked contrast to the warmth McCandless exhibited in Carthage.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat’s hull was incredibly compelling.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I thought of all those heroines of fiction who looked pretty when they cried, and what a contrast I must make with blotched and swollen face, and red rims to my eyes.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He was struck by the contrast of Mr. Marvel’s appearance with this suggestion of opulence.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It was June in California, that time of year when most things had turned brown and withered, but here there were trees everywhere, contrasting with the white stone of the buildings.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • In stark contrast to two nights ago, when I felt Peeta was a million miles away, I’m struck by his immediacy now.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The last hour had taught me a few major lessons, the main one being I must gain the ability to fight alone, in direct contrast to everything I had ever been taught.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The delicacy of her face, the perfection of her pure virginal body contrasted with the passion, the lust, that leapt from her eyes, from her every pore.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Freddie looked the boy up and down, taking in the steady but secretive eyes and the startling contrast between Ruth’s lemony skin and the boy’s black skin.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • No one ventured to gainsay the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm visage.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The sun was beginning its slow descent, and as I pulled out, the sky was a swirl of fruity colors that contrasted dramatically with the evening skies I’d come to know in Germany.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • A moment later, she’s wearing it, and it is exactly as I remember, the cool green satin contrasting with the warm pink of her skin.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He threw over her shoulders the wraps he had brought, the modest wraps of common life, the poverty of which contrasted with the elegance of the ball dress.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • When he said this, a contrast struck me: Colton, a little guy, was talking about a being so big—but in the next breath, he was talking about love.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • An odd, dilapidated wooden building near one of the corners of the square contrasted greatly with the gray stone.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The contrast between the laughter and the stone stillness within me is jarring.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • She wears a bright yellow coat, buttoned to the throat, which contrasts with the dark gray overcast sky above.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I have laughed, in bitterness and agony of heart, at the contrast between what I seem and what I am!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Clary noted the contrast: the ravaged face of the older man and the boy’s unlined one, the pale locks of hair falling into Jace’s eyes making him look even younger.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The snow was so deep that residents had dug vertical tunnels to get in and out of their homes. The contrast to fire-blackened Tokyo was jarring.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I am afraid—sore afraid—that this purpose originated in my sense of the contrast there would be between me and Joe, if we went to the coach together.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She wore a plain gray suit; the contrast between its tailored severity and her appearance was deliberately exorbitant—and strangely elegant.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The descriptions burst with colour, contrast and telling detail.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Its splendour was in such contrast to his homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon it.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • so great was the contrast between the sombre aspect of M. de Villefort and the radiant face of Mercedes.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The contrast between its purple bracts and the red flowers of the tree was very pretty.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • She stressed the contrast, because it degraded her.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The contrast is too sudden; it almost hurts.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A curious, perhaps too sudden contrast As he spoke the car became one of many once again, dusk had fallen without my noticing it, and we were in the midst of light and sound in the streets of Monte Carlo.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • She and Kirsten flew down together for Thanksgiving, and when we picked them up from the airport, the contrast was startling.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Her hair was set in elaborate and curiously rigid curls that contrasted oddly with her heavy-jawed face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • His expression is most striking in the Easter photo because it contrasts so strongly with the exuberant grin Carine wears in the same frame.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The late afternoon light came in through the curtains and made his face a study in contrasts.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Nothing could exceed in beauty the contrast between these two excellent creatures.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The contrast is too great.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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