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contrast (someone or something) with (someone or something)

1. To highlight the differences between two people or things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "contrast" and "with." Now contrast Joe's unenthusiastic reaction with Sally's unbridled glee over the news.
2. To be obviously or clearly different from someone or something else. I think the paint color of the trim contrasts with the walls nicely.
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contrast (someone or something) with (someone or something else)

 and contrast (someone or something) to (someone or something else)
to examine people or things in a way that will show their differences. Contrast Sally with Sam, for instance, to see real differences. Contrast the busy geometry of a Gothic cathedral to the simple lines of an old Saxon castle.
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contrast with someone or something

1. to be different from someone or something. Bill's cheery attitude really contrasts with the gloom of his twin brother, Bob. This stiped tie really contrasts with that polka-dot shirt.
2. [for a color or pattern, etc.] to show a marked difference with or complement another. The black one contrasts nicely with the white one.
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MUSEUM CONNECTION Contrasting color, texture or size in a painting can create and add interest, tension and excitement.
The Contrasting Fates of Blackpool and Coney Island
For stronger incongruity, I wanted my subject to wear monochromatic clothing contrasting the rich colors on the wall.
The result is a contrasting mark but little or no true color change.
Residents with low visual acuity may rely on highly contrasting borders and floor inlays to provide visual cues.
Despite this stylistic variety and the artist's method of juxtaposing sharply contrasting elements and phenomena, one never feels that Wallin's main interest lies in working with allusions; his films are merely the fruit of a singular eclecticism that insouciantly samples a wide range of sources and pushes them to extremes.
One of Kronenfeld's most absorbing chapters focuses on the interpretation of "superfluity" and "distribution" in King Lear in the contrasting terms of Anabaptist egalitarianism and Anglican charity.
The contrasting concepts of individualistic (i.e., independent) versus collectivistic (i.e., interdependent) orientations are increasingly noted in recent literature addressing issues of cultural differences (Bochner & Hesketh, 1994; Lee & Boster, 1992; Parks & Vu, 1994; Triandis, 1990).
In turn, most of these offer contrasting views into the scheme, revealing its geometric consistencies and logic, and outwards to verdant nature.