View synonyms for juxtaposition


[ juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn ]


  1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
  2. the state of being close together or side by side.

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  • juxta·po·sition·al adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of juxtaposition1

First recorded in 1655–65; from French, from Latin juxtā “near, bordering, side by side” + French position position; joust ( def )

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Example Sentences

The juxtaposition of the cube’s probable origins to its more recent fate is not lost on Schwantes.

In particular, Lorde excelled in exploiting the juxtaposition between the major root and the minor sixth chord on songs like “Supercut” and “Perfect Places,” creating a sour-sweet effect aligning with her lyrical mood shifts and expansive vision.

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To make that point, they presented a series of juxtapositions that seemed almost too perfect in their brazen hypocrisy.

So much of the show and the book are about juxtaposition—two different subjects who you would never imagine being put in the same room, but they really work together.

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When judging the contest, I gravitated toward entries that were not just ingenious juxtapositions of words -- someone sent in an uncannily accurate total paraphrase of Macbeth’s “sound and fury” soliloquy -- but were also funny.

The juxtaposition planted a story of association on websites that touted both men for their talks.

This was an early influence too in terms of the weird juxtaposition of laugh-out-loud comedy mixed with really horrific sequences.

Regardless, The Blood Telegram offers a nuanced yet unflinching look at the juxtaposition of geopolitics and humanitarian crisis.

“I love the juxtaposition between sexy, corset-details and these incredibly beautiful fabrics,” she said.

Her yen for juxtaposition of pretty and ugly, water and tar, public and private, can be seen in the smallest moments.

To any one thoroughly familiar with the Arthurian romances, the juxtaposition of these three names is extremely significant.

In the juxtaposition of Samuel Meredith's features this quality was so strong that it influenced his entire life.

These aphorisms formed, says Littr, "a succession of propositions in juxtaposition, but not united."

A writer exhibits clear and undeniable differences between two American tribes in geographical juxtaposition to one another.

He did not put the alternatives so much in juxtaposition as I have; but they lay certainly in that manner on his thoughts.