Definition of juxtapose
: to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect) juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas — J. F. T. Bugental
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Examples of juxtapose in a Sentence
a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art
Recent Examples of juxtapose from the Web
The area inside it, which is about the size of a square mile, is filled with traditional pubs and alleyways, juxtaposed by a backdrop of bankers in suits flooding into skyscrapers.
At one point, the guys emerge from a costume change in so much blue denim (with Wahlberg’s overall shorts easily the most embarrassing of the get-ups) to recite cheesy introductions as their live images are juxtaposed next to school-age pics.
But the voice-over is juxtaposed with a shot of Sophie Turner’s Sansa walking stonily towards the camera.
In many of the memes and gifs that have surfaced online, tense situations are juxtaposed with the upbeat rhythm of Owl City's chorus.
Dietrich's story is one that juxtaposes tact and tenacity, as one of the stories central the exhibition shows.
The pieces are so similar that upon first glance, the two brands juxtaposed next to one another look like one cohesive line.
There was the dark humor of series writer David E. Kelley juxtaposed with storylines that explored taboo topics like adultery and spousal abuse.
That sense of realism is juxtaposed with a wild cinematic style from cinematographer Mike Eley, all off-center framing, low canted angles, dramatic tracking shots, and claustrophobic handheld camera for some of the more intense monologues.
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Is juxtapose a Back-formation?
A back-formation is a word that has come about through the removal of a prefix or a suffix from a longer word. Etymologists think juxtapose is a back-formation that was created when people trimmed down the noun juxtaposition. Historical evidence supports the idea: juxtaposition was showing up in English documents as early as 1654, but juxtapose didn't appear until 1851. Juxtaposition is itself thought to be a combination of Latin juxta, meaning "near," and English position.
Origin and Etymology of juxtapose
probably back-formation from juxtaposition
First Known Use: 1851See Words from the same year
JUXTAPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of juxtapose for English Language Learners
: to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different
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