What is the difference between compare and contrast?
What differs both of them?
I often see this phrase “compare and contrast” in questions, exams, essay papers and etc.
After “googling” around for answer, I stumbled into 2 sites that provide simple explanation, easy to digest!
Define compare and contrast: [Source]
a) Compare: explains how two items are similar.
b) Contrast: emphasizes the differences rather than the similarities.
Dictionary.net : Compare [Source]
To examine the character or qualities of, as of two or more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering their resemblances or differences; to bring into comparison; to regard with discriminating attention.
Dictioinary.net : Contrast [Source]
To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show the differences between, or the comparative excellences and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.
“Compare” is show similarities and differences, while “Contrast” shows the differences.