jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio) \

Definition of juxtaposition

: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect an unusual juxtaposition of colors also : the state of being so placed contrasting shapes placed in juxtaposition to each other

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Other Words from juxtaposition

juxtapositional \ ˌjək-​stə-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio) \ adjective

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her makeup artist, Artists by Sherrie Long, made her eyes pop with a natural makeup look and styled her long, thick hair into a high ponytail for a playful yet sleek juxtaposition to the classic style of her dress. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Planned Their Wedding in Just 5 Months—After Two Years of Long-Distance Dating," 9 Feb. 2021 Tanya Taylor's eponymous womenswear collection is known for its un-shy juxtaposition of brilliant tones, based on prints hand-painted in the designer’s studio every season. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Tanya Taylor & Pantone Just Dropped Vibrant T-Shirts In Feel-Good Hues," 29 Oct. 2020 And this juxtaposition serves to enhance that message. Lisa Larson-walker, ProPublica, "She Photographed Police Abuse at a 2014 BLM March Then Watched the Image Go Viral During Capitol Riot," 11 Jan. 2021 The juxtaposition here doubled as the event’s de facto mission statement: the battle was about to be joined, but with a soothing undercurrent of emotional validation, even love. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Feeling Trump’s Pain," 11 Jan. 2021 Central to the mainstream media’s morality-tale version of recent American political history is the symbolic juxtaposition of the Obama and Trump presidencies. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Obama’s Prophet Motive Led to the ‘Promised Land’ and Trump," 23 Nov. 2020 The combination of the still shots into a video, or the juxtaposition of the shots next to each other, creates an altered depiction of what actually occurred. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Photos, videos altered to make it appear as if Nashville bomb wasn't from RV," 29 Dec. 2020 Here, Emily balances the sporty nature of the graphic top with a soft layer of feminine lace, and that juxtaposition is just one moment that had everyone talking this fall. The T&c Fashion Editors, Town & Country, "The Biggest Fashion Moments from 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 And the juxtaposition helps to show how oppression and prejudice and expectations are not always straightforward. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Funny Boy’ is an ambitious story about growing up gay and Tamil in Sri Lanka," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of juxtaposition

1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juxtaposition

Latin juxta near + English position — more at joust

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The first known use of juxtaposition was in 1654

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26 Feb 2021

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“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio) \

Medical Definition of juxtaposition

: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side also : the state of being so placed

Other Words from juxtaposition

juxtapose \ ˈjək-​stə-​ˌpōz How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio) \ transitive verb juxtaposed; juxtaposing

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