Compare and contrast essays give writers the chance to explore two subjects within a single essay. Students may be asked to write essays in almost every area of study. Compare and contrast essays always reveal similarities and differences between the subjects. A Venn diagram is a helpful tool for prewriting and organizing an essay. Essays may require research to either help support the information or to increase the knowledge the writer has on a particular topic.
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late 14c., "decision, setting of boundaries," from Old French definicion , from Latin definitionem (nominative definitio ), noun of action from past participle stem of definire (see define ).
In logic, meaning "act of stating what something means" is from 1640s; meaning "a statement of the essential nature of something" is from late 14c.; the special focus on words developed after . Meaning "degree of distinctness of the details in a picture" is from 1889.
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