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
juxtapositionalplay \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective
Recent Examples of juxtaposition from the Web
His 150,000 followers see a feed that mixes the bloody and the beautiful: a surreal juxtaposition of glamorous models posing with him in his office, next to graphic images of procedures on diseased gums.
Elsewhere, there was a juxtaposition of works by artist Keith Vaughan that illustrated the division between public lives and private passions.
That the Cowboys sit near the top of the sports public consciousness made for an odd juxtaposition when the news came down that three prominent and award-winning sports reporters with long ties to covering the Cowboys—
The juxtaposition of good versus evil in such geographic proximity couldn't have been more stark in a city teeming with neighborhoods that fight for survival.
Through instinctive, intuitive observation and juxtaposition, familiar objects are revealed to be alive with meaning.
Its main building is designed to symbolize silver roots over a black box - a visual juxtaposition of new life emerging from a dark past.
And so, in addition to Sweelinck’s queasy downward-slithering tunes, there were acerbic harmonic juxtapositions and clashes.
A juxtaposition of both alphabetical orders, in other words: by author and by subject.
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Origin and Etymology of juxtaposition
Latin juxta near + English position — more at joust
First Known Use: 1654
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