jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion | \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən \

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 \ adjective

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This twist would have been incredibly intense and sad—and, if the source's report is true, a strange juxtaposition to Samantha's storyline. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "This Weird Samantha Plotline Might Be Why Kim Cattrall Passed on Sex and the City 3," 27 Nov. 2018 The whole situation surrounding the song is maniacal; a total juxtaposition to the song’s actual beautiful honesty about relationships. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018 What would Dracula have been without Helen Chandler's Mina, whose ethereal beauty and bedroom eyes (and yes, blonde hair) serve as an easy juxtaposition to the Count's refined brand of evil? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 19 Most Beautiful Horror Movie Heroines—Just in Time for Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 The double standard between video games and other media has also led to some interesting juxtapositions. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Germany says games with Nazi symbols can get “artistic” exception to ban," 10 Aug. 2018 The petal-pink walls, flowers and displays offered a charming juxtaposition to the serious chef frying up chicken behind the counter. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Millennial-focused, makeup pop-up transforms SF deli," 17 Apr. 2018 That broke his initial apprehension about the neighborhood’s juxtaposition of million-dollar homes with tire shops. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "How Harvey Transformed House-Hunting in Houston," 24 Oct. 2018 Rather than thinking systematically about the structure of low-wage work in America or the general plight of low-income households, Sanders is keying in on the morally outrageous juxtaposition of vast fortunes and bleak prospects for workers. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The controversy over Bernie Sanders’s proposed Stop BEZOS Act, explained," 11 Sep. 2018 To visit the Musée Nissim de Camondo is to confront the haunting juxtaposition of arresting beauty and the incomprehensible rupture of the Shoah, the past that will not pass. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017

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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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jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion | \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-ən \

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 \ transitive verb -posed; -posing

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