Definition of juxtapose
- juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas
- —J. F. T. Bugental
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a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art
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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.
First Known Use: 1851See Words from the same year
: 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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