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juxtaposition

[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌdʒʌk stə pəˈzɪʃ ən/
noun
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.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French < Latin juxtā side by side + French position position
Related forms
juxtapositional, adjective
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Examples from the web for juxtaposition
  • The drama of the juxtaposition was lost in the shuffle.
  • And it's not just a juxtaposition of pattern but of time as well, combining the not-so-distant geologic past with the present.
  • Subtle colored backgrounds harmonize the juxtaposition of black-and-white sketches and prints with color reproductions.
  • This cultural juxtaposition is clearly revealed on the show.
  • That's a bigger juxtaposition, but no more weird.
  • It is a sobering juxtaposition, flipping channels these days from arena to arena.
  • It's digital dance music, filled with brain-teasing juxtaposition, that in the end doesn't really take a stand on anything at all.
  • It's the juxtaposition of all three elements that adds in the difficulty.
  • The juxtaposition illustrates a fascinating range of lived experience and captures the way the past still haunts the author.
  • But it is the deliberate repetition of the motifs and the juxtaposition of designs that give the shop its distinctive character.
Word Origin and History for juxtaposition
n.

1660s, from French juxtaposition (1660s), from Latin iuxta "beside, near" + French position (see position (n.)). Latin iuxta is a contraction of *iugista (adv.), superlative of adjective *iugos "closely connected," from stem of iugum "yoke," from iungere "to join" (see jugular).

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juxtaposition in Medicine

juxtaposition jux·ta·po·si·tion (jŭk'stə-pə-zĭsh'ən)
n.
The state of being placed or situated side by side.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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