juxtaposition

noun

jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)
: 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
juxtapositional
ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl
 How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)
adjective

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My dad is from Shiraz, Iran and my mom is from Sevilla, Spain and my childhood was a constant juxtaposition of culture at home and culture out in the world in Seattle. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 The juxtaposition of traditional masculinity and progressive masculinity highlights a significant transformation in the dynamics of intimate partner relationships. Mark Travers, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 For Catholics and others who observe the Christian liturgical calendar, the juxtaposition presents something of a dilemma. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 But the juxtaposition helps frame the challenge in Westwood, where a once-proud program has gone 25 seasons without a conference title, burned through five head coaches this century and failed to generate traction heading into the Big Ten. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 At first, Catherall, who works as a consultant and has lived in D.C. for three years, said the juxtaposition of his seemingly benign question against the threat of his gun left her dumbstruck. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Related article Jürgen Klopp to step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season This juxtaposition was on full display in Livepool’s league win against Chelsea on Wednesday, where Núñez missed a penalty, made a wonderful assist and then set an unwanted record. Ben Church, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Even though rehearsing past songs while working on new music may now sometimes invoke nostalgia, this juxtaposition also represents another milestone that the girls have to look forward to. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2024 Some of the notes were clearly grouped by theme—travel, fishing, the French, chainsaws—but others sat in more mysterious juxtaposition. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin juxta near + English position — more at joust

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juxtaposition was in 1654

Dictionary Entries Near juxtaposition

Cite this Entry

“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

juxtaposition

noun
jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)
: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side
also : the state of being so placed
juxtapose transitive verb
juxtaposed; juxtaposing
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