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 This collection represents the juxtaposition of innocent elegance and sinister sensuality. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 Her collection reveals her background in metalsmithing and her love for tactile nuances that finish her geometric forms, offering a juxtaposition of form, function and finish which often seems like the pieces have just come out of the earth. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Many Twitter users condemned the juxtaposition of Cruz being in Florida while some Texans were still in crisis. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2021 This week's edition of New Music Fridays explores the juxtaposition of darkness and light, featuring artists broaching darker subject matter with ease as well as musicians with breezy songs that will whisk you away. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 26 Feb. 2021 This juxtaposition leaves the viewer with a lingering question about success: What does Bob Dylan have that Llewyn Davis does not? New York Times, 24 May 2021 Macron’s allies have leaned into the juxtaposition. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Incorporating this juxtaposition of elegance with a bold, natural feel is a lovely way to pay homage to all that Charleston has to offer. Jennifer Prince, Southern Living, 23 May 2021 Clenance compares the juxtaposition to a high-powered sports car with a quiet engine. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 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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14 Jun 2021

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“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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