juxtapose

verb
jux·​ta·​pose | \ ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz How to pronounce juxtapose (audio) \
juxtaposed; juxtaposing

Definition of juxtapose

transitive verb

: 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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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.

Examples of juxtapose in a Sentence

a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art

Recent Examples on the Web

The posters, which the gallery has exhibited before, intriguingly juxtapose the exotic and the mercantile. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Some art is sultry, while other pieces are smoky," 19 July 2019 All the images juxtapose women with symbols of power. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Signs Miley Cyrus's "Mother's Daughter" Is the Ultimate Feminist Anthem," 2 July 2019 Burr juxtaposes the macho persona of abstract expressionism with a dash of dark femininity. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Two very different approaches to LGBTQ history at Atheneum, CHS," 18 June 2019 Coral Sands, the Ocean View Club, and the Other Side, with the goal of juxtaposing the aesthetics of two favorite movies. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Whirlwind Honeymoon—From the Maldives to Lake Como—Is All the Summer Travel Inspiration You Need," 21 July 2019 The Timken Museum of Art has a strong history of juxtaposing interesting relationships. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do this weekend in San Diego: Bayside Summer Nights, Switchfoot Bro-Am, ‘Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego’," 28 June 2019 Kudos to the editors for juxtaposing that with peacocks squawking in response. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 5 Recap: These Guys Are All the Worst," 25 June 2018 This first production in season 21 almost overlaps exactly the time span that Donna has lived in Greece, juxtaposing memories of then with the reality of now. Don’t miss out! cleveland.com, "Mamma Mia! energy captivates Regina Hall: Sun Messages," 16 June 2019 High-gloss amplifies light, giving it a romantic, shimmering look, especially when juxtaposed with a softer finish. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About High-Gloss Paint," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of juxtapose

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juxtapose

probably back-formation from juxtaposition

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juxtapose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of juxtapose

formal : 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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