by/in contrast

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Definition of by/in contrast

: when compared to another : when looked at or thought about in relation to similar objects or people to set off dissimilar qualities She had a big personality, which made her husband seem dull by contrast. often + with or toIn contrast with last year's profits, the company is not doing very well.

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27 Jan 2020

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“By/in contrast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%2Fin%20contrast. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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