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 Even if ordinary Americans don’t juxtapose the White House’s Fourth of July celebration with Trump’s rollout of Barrett’s nomination, comparisons will be all over cable news, Miller said. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 That is a rare human virtue, as the Maryland artist suggests with the show’s four other pieces, minimalist sculptures that juxtapose sleek steel with decaying organic substances. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 New Orleans interior designer Maureen Stevens likes to juxtapose the material with bold, jewel-tone colors such as emerald green or cobalt. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 May 2021 These juxtapose your features, benefits and pricing to another brand and product portfolio making. Peter Weedfald, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The museum uses display boards placed throughout the exhibit to juxtapose world events with significant episodes in Mandela’s life. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 These stunners by Cult Gaia juxtapose a pointy toe with a globular heel for an architectural pair that will take you into high summer. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Austin and Hankins juxtapose movement, object, words and song to address the unstable and precarious grounds of existence. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2021 Charming retro touches, like the dark wood dash and tan leather seats, juxtapose with modern features such as the Alpine multimedia system, Infinity speakers and reverse cameras. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtapose. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of juxtapose

: 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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