What does the word contradistinction mean?

Usage examples for contradistinction

  1. His genius, as Morelli rightly pointed out, is essentially lyrical in contradistinction to Titian's, which is essentially dramatic. – Giorgione by Herbert Cook
  2. These are in absolute contradistinction to the elegant double shafts of the upper gallery. – Cathedral Cities of Italy by William Wiehe Collins
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