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

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 The juxtaposition of the brothers’ murder with the history of the faith proved especially odious for Church leaders, who immediately criticized Krakauer’s work. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 The juxtaposition of light and dark, high and low, masculine and feminine, smooth and rough all add tension in design through contrast. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Step one of crisis management is to have a kill switch for anything that could lead to that juxtaposition. Matthew Earle, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Until now, though, that juxtaposition between formal and sport seemed more editorial than wearable, but today’s stars are bringing the idea to the streets. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2021 And its unusual juxtaposition of a darling baby boy and heaps of bloody, gory violence surely will not appeal to everyone. Judy Berman, Time, 24 Apr. 2022 The juxtaposition of bold black lines and vivid color provides a lively contrast in Amy Guadagnoli’s abstract woodblocks. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 The juxtaposition of these finds throughout the home’s 7,000 square feet became its signature. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 7 Apr. 2022 Newcomers are often stunned by the variety and profusion of desert plant and animal life and the juxtaposition of a low, arid environment with a ring of mountain peaks that might be snow-capped in winter. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for juxtaposition


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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