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

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that’s just it, the contrast — the stark juxtaposition — that make the azaleas pinker and the chirping birds louder. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The mythical, mystical world inside the gates of Augusta National," 10 Apr. 2021 Curator José-Luis Blondet is the invisible ventriloquist, speaking through the selection and juxtaposition of mute objects. Los Angeles Times, "Review: LACMA reopens with six shows that hint to what the future museum will be like," 1 Apr. 2021 It’s this beautiful juxtaposition about What are women even supposed to be? Dan Reilly, Vulture, "8 Comedians Break Down Their Favorite Stand-up Closers Ever," 24 Feb. 2021 Adding a jacket provides one more opportunity for graphic juxtaposition. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Not Into a Bikini? Try Katharine Hepburn’s Layered Summer Style," 24 Mar. 2021 Each of Chad's eight episodes is built around a similar juxtaposition of acute pathos and unbearable awkwardness. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Nasim Pedrad's Chad is cringe comedy gem: Review," 16 Mar. 2021 Conceptually, the song represents a formal juxtaposition of vibes, like meditating in a mosh pit. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "The ‘Punk Monk’ Teachings of Playboi Carti," 15 Mar. 2021 The juxtaposition of the two announcements, as well as the reaction to them, nicely sums up the story of the contemporary New York Times. Ira Stoll, Washington Examiner, "Bad Times," 11 Mar. 2021 Distinguished by its quarried limestone exterior, the property features a striking juxtaposition of materials. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, "Contemporary Lakefront Estate In Austin, Texas Sells For A Record Price Tag," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of juxtaposition was in 1654

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15 Apr 2021

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“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 juxtaposition (audio) \ transitive verb juxtaposed; juxtaposing

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