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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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  • These juxtapositions inevitably focus on the shortcomings of the prescriptive system with respect to performance-based design.
  • The result is a refreshing display of thoughtful pairings and juxtapositions, including works by some lesser-known artists.
  • It is disorienting both because of dark and bright juxtapositions and the discontinuities in the diurnal motion.
  • It gives visitors a chance to take in a country full of juxtapositions.
  • He has turned to lab equipment and industrial food additives, pursuing quirky juxtapositions of flavor and texture.
  • The otherworldliness of the scene serves only to heighten the bizarre juxtapositions on the table.
  • Her surreal juxtapositions invite the audience to make intellectual connections.
  • To the outsider, these are unsettling juxtapositions.
  • Illustrates diagram syntax notation and provides a method for juxtapositions to be included in larger structures.
  • These juxtapositions are common in rural residential development.
Word Origin and History for juxtapositions

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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juxtapositions in Medicine

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

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