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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juxtapositional \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nᵊl \ adjective

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He was fixated on the juxtaposition of life, death, and mortality, which shines through in his work to this day. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Emmy-nominated photographer draws inspiration from vintage South Florida," 26 June 2018 Paltrow and Mock's talk made for a fascinating juxtaposition of how privilege affects self-actualization. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Gwyneth Paltrow brings aerial yoga, trans talks and cryofacials to Goop health conference," 10 June 2018 The juxtaposition of the cold air with mild air over the western Atlantic also helped establish a coastal low pressure system, which rapidly intensified and tracked northward — maintaining the heavy snowfall from Virginia through Maine. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Your primer to understanding Mid-Atlantic cold air damming and ‘the wedge’," 7 Feb. 2018 Much like Patmos, the festival (founded in 2010) is full of juxtapositions. Ioannis Pappos, Town & Country, "Is This the World's Most Glamorous Place to Watch Movies?," 10 July 2018 For one, the theory makes sense only in direct sunlight: in the shade, the lack of juxtaposition between hot black air and cool white air would preclude the formation of icy vortexes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 The power of juxtaposition and coincidence was stronger. Isabel Flower, WSJ, "Art Basel’s Global Director on What the Internet Is Doing to the Art World," 12 June 2018 And those were some of the unexpected juxtapositions. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Nicolas Ghesquière Still Has Something He Wants to Say at Louis Vuitton," 29 May 2018 Today produced a series of surreal juxtapositions across Palestine and Israel. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Status Quo Minus’ in Israel and Palestine," 14 May 2018

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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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