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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Appropriately, the setting—its extravagant architecture, its rich pedigree, its juxtaposition of the classical and contemporary—is reflected in his intricate precious metal marvels. Town & Country, "The Secret Worlds of Milan’s Design Illuminati," 21 Sep. 2018 This juxtaposition of what’s real and what’s a performance is part of what makes Pose so successful. Diana Tourjée, Time, "Pose Shines a Revolutionary Spotlight on Trans Lives," 31 May 2018 Organized by Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Costume Institute (the beneficiary of the famously fashion-forward annual Met Gala), the exhibit has drawn attention for its seemingly provocative juxtaposition of religion and fashion. Shira Telushkin, Washington Post, "High church meets high fashion: How Catholic style took over the Met," 3 May 2018 Bette's embracing every second of Baby Jane's success, even going on The Andy Williams Show to sing a tune inspired by the movie‚but throughout the whole campy vaudeville act, her face is a deadpan mask, and the juxtaposition is glorious. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Standout Moments From 'Feud: Bette and Joan' Episode 4," 27 Mar. 2017 The juxtaposition of past and present isn’t as violent as the spaceship-like seating bowl that’s plopped atop the classical colonnades of Soldier Field. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Union Station plans on the wrong track," 25 June 2018 In this striking juxtaposition between the feeling subject and actual ethics, Cusk returns to gender to mediate the difference. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 The juxtaposition of flying private while munching on a box lunch is amazing. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside Kanye West’s Wild, Wild Wyoming Release Party for Ye," 1 June 2018 Still, despite those weaknesses, the curators accomplished a lot with 43 paintings, which are hung with great care for sightlines, echoes and engaging juxtapositions. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting From the Museums of Madrid’ Review: A Visual Heritage Tour," 3 July 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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