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contrast
as in:  it is a contrast


College is quite a contrast to high school.
  something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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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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Samples:
  • College is quite a contrast to high school.
  • Her red dress was a striking contrast to all the black dresses around her.
  • Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ... and a pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular contrast to the colour of his hair,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • There is something tropical and exotic about her which forms a singular contrast to her cool and unemotional brother.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Leonard noticed the contrast when he stepped out of it into the country.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The guards who followed the young woman presented a violent contrast to her, armed as they were with naked sabres hung at their waists, and long damascened pistols, and bearing a corpse on a palanquin.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Her voice was soft, a contrast from the crazed, hard sound he’d heard from her after she first arrived, when she’d delivered the message that everything was going to change.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner

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  • His calm and serene look formed a singular contrast to Albert’s grief-stricken face, who approached also, followed by the other four young men.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But he felt a tremendous respect for Ellsworth Toohey, because Toohey represented the exact opposite of his own life; Toohey had no concern whatever for worldly wealth; by the mere fact of this contrast, he considered Toohey the personification of virtue; what this estimate implied in regard to his own life never quite occurred to him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "The Mooshka people loved your pictures," my mother was saying, her happy voice a complete contrast to how I felt as I sat in a long line of traffic, trying to get out of the parking lot after seventh period.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He touched the photograph with a scarred and weathered hand—a strange contrast to the neat spotlessness of his tweed cuffs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The place reeked of dust and mildew—a big contrast to the pleasant smells outside.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Her voice jumped a couple of octaves, a marked contrast to Whitney’s flat monotone.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • By creating the contrast it will have made itself a part of the great ineptitude, its most ludicrous part.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • [N]ever had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting.  What a contrast did it offer to his last address in Rosings Park, when he put his letter into her hand! She  knew not what to think, or how to account for it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "Annabel!" he said, his sunny tone a distinct contrast to Owen’s barely tolerant one.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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