Origin of contrastFrench contraster from Italian and Vulgar Latin an unverified form contrastare, to withstand from Classical Latin contra, against + stare, to stand
- a contrasting or being contrasted
- a difference, esp. a striking difference, between things being compared
- a person or thing showing differences when compared with another
- the effect of a striking difference, as in color or tone, of adjacent parts of a painting, photograph, video-screen image, etc.