compare and contrast

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of compare and contrast

: to note what is similar and different about (two or more things)
  • For our assignment we must compare and contrast the two poets.

Word by Word Definitions

compare play
  1. : to represent as similar : liken

  2. : to examine the character or qualities of especially in order to discover resemblances or differences

  3. : to view in relation to

  1. : the possibility of comparing

contrast play
  1. : to set off in contrast : compare or appraise in respect to differences

  2. : to form a contrast

  1. : juxtaposition of dissimilar elements (such as color, tone, or emotion) in a work of art

  2. : degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture

  3. : the difference or degree of difference between things having similar or comparable natures


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