juxtaposition

noun
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 How to pronounce juxtapositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

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Similar to much of Wearstler’s signature design work, a juxtaposition of materials comes to life in each piece. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler Partners with Georg Jensen on a Sculptural New Collection," 28 Mar. 2019 The timing of Pence’s visit created a juxtaposition with the caravan of Central American asylum-seekers arriving to the west in Tijuana just a few days earlier. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump White House invades border region," 6 May 2018 The team of archaeologists also use paintbrushes and Tupperware containers to excavate and transport fossils to the surface—a curious juxtaposition of gear from the Dollar Store with the sophisticated technology of cameras, cables, and Internet. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Really, that sort of wild juxtaposition speaks to the whole legacy 2001 leaves behind -- first thought, best thought. Billboard, "'2001: A Space Odyssey' 50th Anniversary: 5 Highlights from Original Soundtrack," 3 Apr. 2018 That juxtaposition between cutting-edge and tradition is just so fresh and interesting. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 This juxtaposition is bothersome: It’s shown in a flash and only to elevate the stakes of Jack and Nicky’s relationship. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Reveals the Truth About Nicky," 23 Jan. 2019 This year, the juxtaposition was especially—and doubly—jarring. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "California’s Tech Titans Fight Fires of Their Own," 16 Nov. 2018 But his replacement will also need his ability to pick up the cultural zeitgeist, stay one step ahead, and retain the crucial juxtaposition between chic and cheap that worked so well. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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juxtaposition

noun
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 juxtapose (audio) \ transitive verb juxtaposed; juxtaposing

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