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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Definitions for juxtaposition

  1. The act or an instance of placing in nearness or side by side.

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Citations for juxtaposition
I had sent from Egypt two Coptic sculptures from the fifth and sixth centuries and placed them in juxtaposition with a contemporary stone mask from Zimbabwe, with striking effect. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga
This aesthetically pleasing juxtaposition of contradictions is one of the hallmarks of poetry. Ann Marlowe, New York Times
Origin of juxtaposition
1655-1665
Juxtaposition comes from Latin juxta, "near" + positio, "position," from the past participle of ponere, "to put, to place." The related verb juxtapose means "to place side by side."