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

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her life outside of her daughter revolves around helping run a local dive bar and picking up extra shifts doing makeup at a funeral home – the ultimate juxtaposition between Black life and Black death. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "'Miss Juneteenth' is the American Dream deferred: The movie's most poignant moments," 19 June 2020 This past week, however, the juxtaposition of comments from Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. Chandler Rome, ExpressNews.com, "Q&A: Tracing the path to baseball’s impasse and assessing what’s next," 14 June 2020 The juxtaposition of those two things—Snyder’s book, which was published shortly after Donald Trump took office, and my stack of papers, which focus mostly on aspects of American democracy—has not been lost on me. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Will We Actually Get to Vote in November?," 4 June 2020 The juxtaposition was not lost on the Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered a fiery eulogy. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "George Floyd's memorial on Thursday was more powerful TV than Trump's photo op. Here's why," 4 June 2020 Run the Jewels is a hip-hop duo but also a concept, one that draws strength from juxtapositions. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘RTJ4’ by Run the Jewels: Politics and Prose," 8 June 2020 Still, moving beyond the virus remains a long way off, and the juxtaposition of past and present had its jarring elements this weekend. New York Times, "Americans Ponder Losses Past and Present on a Subdued Memorial Day," 27 May 2020 That juxtaposition led the Justice Department on Tuesday to warn Newsom that the state must ease restrictions on religious worship more quickly. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Justice Department and California pastors call for Newsom to allow churches to reopen," 20 May 2020 The juxtaposition of images in the news of farmers destroying crops and dumping milk with empty supermarket shelves or hungry Americans lining up for hours at food banks tells a story of economic efficiency gone mad. Michael Pollan, The New York Review of Books, "The Sickness in Our Food Supply," 12 May 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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 juxtapose (audio) \ transitive verb juxtaposed; juxtaposing

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