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contrast
used in Jane Eyre

3 meanings, 16 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Definition
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • "You live just below — do you mean at that house with the battlements?" pointing to Thornfield Hall, on which the moon cast a hoary gleam, bringing it out distinct and pale from the woods that, by contrast with the western sky, now seemed one mass of shadow.
    Chapter 12 (67% in)
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
  • "Only it forces rather strongly on the mind the picture of what MIGHT HAVE BEEN," said Mr. Rivers, "and contrasts it somewhat too vividly with what IS."
    Chapter 30 (91% in)
contrasts = compares (in a way that shows differences)
There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Jane Eyre.

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2  —13 uses 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
  • The picture you have just drawn is suggestive of a rather too overwhelming contrast.
    Chapter 37 (65% in)
contrast = difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Will you walk this way, ma'am?" said the girl; and I followed her across a square hall with high doors all round: she ushered me into a room whose double illumination of fire and candle at first dazzled me, contrasting as it did with the darkness to which my eyes had been for two hours inured; when I could see, however, a cosy and agreeable picture presented itself to my view.
    Chapter 11 (15% in)
  • contrasting = differing
  • Yet it was merely a very pretty drawing-room, and within it a boudoir, both spread with white carpets, on which seemed laid brilliant garlands of flowers; both ceiled with snowy mouldings of white grapes and vine-leaves, beneath which glowed in rich contrast crimson couches and ottomans; while the ornaments on the pale Parisian mantelpiece were of sparkling Bohemian glass, ruby red; and between the windows large mirrors repeated the general blending of snow and fire.
    Chapter 11 (76% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • I was tormented by the contrast between my idea and my handiwork: in each case I had imagined something which I was quite powerless to realise.
    Chapter 13 (82% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • The contrast struck me at the time and —
    Chapter 15 (36% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • She wore an amber-coloured flower, too, in her hair: it contrasted well with the jetty mass of her curls.
    Chapter 16 (72% in)
  • contrasted = differed notably in brightness or tone
  • It looked a lovely face enough, and when compared with the real head in chalk, the contrast was as great as self-control could desire.
    Chapter 16 (97% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • What was the gallant grace of the Lynns, the languid elegance of Lord Ingram, — even the military distinction of Colonel Dent, contrasted with his look of native pith and genuine power?
    Chapter 17 (68% in)
  • contrasted = differed
  • I think (with deference be it spoken) the contrast could not be much greater between a sleek gander and a fierce falcon: between a meek sheep and the rough-coated keen-eyed dog, its guardian.
    Chapter 18 (67% in)
  • contrast = difference
  • The hay was all got in; the fields round Thornfield were green and shorn; the roads white and baked; the trees were in their dark prime; hedge and wood, full-leaved and deeply tinted, contrasted well with the sunny hue of the cleared meadows between.
    Chapter 23 (2% in)
  • contrasted = differed notably in brightness or tone
  • I made you talk: ere long I found you full of strange contrasts.
    Chapter 27 (67% in)
  • contrasts = differences (things not normally seen together)
  • More desolate, more desperate than ever, it seemed from contrast.
    Chapter 28 (79% in)
  • contrast = notable difference
  • To his sisters, meantime, he was somewhat kinder than usual: as if afraid that mere coldness would not sufficiently convince me how completely I was banished and banned, he added the force of contrast; and this I am sure he did not by force, but on principle.
    Chapter 35 (11% in)
contrast = notable difference
There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Jane Eyre.

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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
Definition
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
  • My fixed desire was to seek and find a good and intelligent woman, whom I could love: a contrast to the fury I left at Thornfield —
    Chapter 27 (53% in)
contrast = something notably different compared (to something)
There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Jane Eyre.

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