ADJ. clear, marked, sharp, stark, startling, striking, strong There is a stark contrast between the lives of the rich and those of the poor. | complete, direct
VERB + CONTRAST make, offer, provide The fresh fruit provides a contrast to the rich chocolate pudding.
PREP. by ~ When you look at their new system, ours seems very old-fashioned by contrast. | in ~ (to/with) The company lost $13 million this year, in contrast with a profit of $15 million last year. | ~ between, ~ in The contrast in appearance between the sisters was striking. | ~ to This busy social life was a complete contrast to his old quiet life.
PHRASES stand in … contrast to sb/sth Their attitudes towards love and marriage stand in stark contrast to those of their parents.
1 compare things in order to show differences
ADV. favourably, unfavourably He contrasted her brashness unfavourably with his mother's gentleness.
PHRASES compare and contrast Compare and contrast the two main characters in the play.
2 be clearly different
ADV. markedly, sharply, starkly, strikingly, strongly, vividly | nicely | oddly | favourably, unfavourably The open approach contrasts favourably with the exclusivity of some universities.
PREP. with This statement contrasts starkly with his previous statements.