[ kuhn-tras-tee, kon-tras- ]
/ kənˈtræs ti, ˈkɒn træs- /
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adjective Photography.
(of a subject, photograph, or film stock) having or producing a preponderance of dark and light tones with few intermediate shades.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of contrasty

First recorded in 1890–95; contrast + -y1
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How to use contrasty in a sentence

  • A contrasty print is sometimes recommended as the best to offer; but that is a mistake.

    Making Your Camera Pay|Frederick C. Davis
  • Immediately after taking off the bag, paste a black paper stencil or a very contrasty negative to the apple with white of egg.

    Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition|Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie

British Dictionary definitions for contrasty

/ (kənˈtrɑːstɪ) /

(of a photograph or subject) having sharp gradations in tone, esp between light and dark areas
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