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

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 The band, whose name is meant to highlight the juxtaposition between American pop culture and how Asians are exoticized, was the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s 47th season finale. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 This ballet explores themes of love, vengeance, and envy while examining the juxtaposition between nature and modern life. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 The juxtaposition between night and day stood out starkly there last week. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Alongside the song, Curry released an accompanying music video using an artistic juxtaposition between black and white shots and vibrant, eyecatching colors. Izzy Colón, SPIN, 21 Mar. 2022 Others mine the stark juxtaposition between the show’s violent period setting and Stede’s softer, often more modern sensibilities. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2022 Elise Swopes has made a career out of exploring the juxtaposition between untamed nature and urban landscapes, working with brands like Apple and Adobe on mesmerizing projects that push the boundaries of digital art. Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2022 The juxtaposition between in-person and online members prompts those online to feel even more distant and disconnected by comparison. Ted Ladd, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The Golden Girls with Jetsons-eque visuals for a trippy juxtaposition of familiar sass and speculative futurism. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 9 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for juxtaposition


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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