juxtaposition

noun
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

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Aside from the subtle swipes of poppy across lids, cheeks, and eyes, Hutton's look was largely unfiltered, offering a juxtaposition to the show's graphic, eye-level applications of pigment and glitter. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "At 75, Lauren Hutton Hits the Valentino Couture Runway—And Proves Natural Beauty Has No Age Limit," 3 July 2019 The lyrics are as unadorned as her pole-work is impressive, a juxtaposition of plain, artless language and strenuous performance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Music Videos of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 20 June 2019 Dark floors ground the space, a welcome juxtaposition to the white walls. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How a Color Guru Designs a Neutral Apartment," 18 June 2019 But the neighboring bookstores on the Rue de Médicis present a striking juxtaposition. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "Two Parisian bookstores, side by side, are waging a culture war," 14 June 2019 Ashley Lipscomb, a graduate student at Harvard’s School of Theology, says that there is a juxtaposition in the pride her family feels at her prestigious education and the ways that Harvard has contributed to the suffering of families like hers. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Black Harvard Students Want The University To Divest From The Prison-Industrial Complex," 20 June 2019 Part of the charm of Kettle’s Yard has always been the juxtaposition between old and new. The New York Review of Books, "The New York Times Book Review," 2 Dec. 2018 As much as possible, the film showed the juxtaposition of new and old Oakland. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 There is a scaffolding lot right below the view of the city and that juxtaposition was a plus for me. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lorraine Kirke's Wild, Futurisitic Restaurant Opens in Bushwick," 3 June 2019

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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

noun
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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