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contrast
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 meanings, 17 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Definition
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
  • Except Marian, they all looked wistfully and suspiciously at the pair, in the sad yellow rays which the morning candles emitted in contrast with the first cold signals of the dawn without.
    4 — The Consequence (42% in)

There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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2  —4 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
  • Through this floating, fusty debris of peat and hay, mixed with the perspirations and warmth of the dancers, and forming together a sort of vege-to-human pollen, the muted fiddles feebly pushed their notes, in marked contrast to the spirit with which the measure was trodden out.
    1 — The Maiden (83% in)
contrast = difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • This too familiar intonation, less than four years earlier, had brought to her ears expressions of such divergent purpose that her heart became quite sick at the irony of the contrast.
    6 — The Convert (1% in)
  • The contrast well marked the difference between being fetched by a thriving farmer and conveying oneself whither no hirer waited one's coming.
    6 — The Convert (92% in)
  • Mere yellow skeleton that he was now, he felt the contrast between them, and thought his appearance distasteful to her.
    7 — Fulfilment (36% in)

There are no more uses of "contrast" flagged with this meaning in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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exact meaning not specified
  • His own parochialism made him ashamed by its contrast.
    6 — The Convert (60% in)
  • Besides the jar of contrast there came to her a chill self-reproach that she had not returned sooner, to help her mother in these domesticities, instead of indulging herself out-of-doors.
    1 — The Maiden (18% in)
  • It was of recent erection—indeed almost new—and of the same rich red colour that formed such a contrast with the evergreens of the lodge.
    1 — The Maiden (45% in)
  • At first, it is true, when Clare's intelligence was fresh from a contrasting society, these friends with whom he now hobnobbed seemed a little strange.
    3 — The Rally (34% in)
  • They reached the feeble light, which came from the smoky lamp of a little railway station; a poor enough terrestrial star, yet in one sense of more importance to Talbothays Dairy and mankind than the celestial ones to which it stood in such humiliating contrast.
    4 — The Consequence (46% in)
  • Could it be possible, he continued, that eyes which as they gazed never expressed any divergence from what the tongue was telling, were yet ever seeing another world behind her ostensible one, discordant and contrasting?
    5 — The Woman Pays (11% in)
  • Moreover, his affection itself was less fire than radiance, and, with regard to the other sex, when he ceased to believe he ceased to follow: contrasting in this with many impressionable natures, who remain sensuously infatuated with what they intellectually despise.
    5 — The Woman Pays (18% in)
  • Tess could eventually join him there, and perhaps in that country of contrasting scenes and notions and habits the conventions would not be so operative which made life with her seem impracticable to him here.
    5 — The Woman Pays (44% in)
  • She did not enter any house till, at the seventh or eighth mile, she descended the steep long hill below which lay the village or townlet of Evershead, where in the morning she had breakfasted with such contrasting expectations.
    5 — The Woman Pays (98% in)
  • The winding road downwards became just visible to her under the wan starlight as she followed it, and soon she paced a soil so contrasting with that above it that the difference was perceptible to the tread and to the smell.
    6 — The Convert (67% in)
  • Owing to the action of the sun during the preceding day, the stone was warm and dry, in comforting contrast to the rough and chill grass around, which had damped her skirts and shoes.
    7 — Fulfilment (85% in)
  • Against these far stretches of country rose, in front of the other city edifices, a large red-brick building, with level gray roofs, and rows of short barred windows bespeaking captivity, the whole contrasting greatly by its formalism with the quaint irregularities of the Gothic erections.
    7 — Fulfilment (98% in)

There are no more uses of "contrast" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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