Juxtaposition definition

jŭkstə-pə-zĭshən
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Juxtaposition is defined as the act of placing two things side by side for comparison.

An example of a juxtaposition is the placing of baby blue and sky blue next to each other to see how they differ.

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The nearness of objects with no delimiter.
  • (grammar) An absence of linking elements in a group of words that are listed together.
    Example: mother father instead of mother and father.
  • (mathematics) An absence of operators in an expression.
    Using juxtaposition for multiplication saves space when writing longer expressions. collapses to .
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The extra emphasis given to a comparison when the contrasted objects are close together.
  • (art) Two or more contrasting sounds, colours, styles etc. placed together for stylistic effect.
    The juxtaposition of the bright yellows on the dark background made the painting appear three dimensional.
  • (rhetoric) The close placement of two ideas to imply a link that may not exist.
    Example: In 1965 the government was elected; in 1965 the economy took a dive.

There was a poignant juxtaposition between the boys laughing in the street and the girl crying on the balcony above.

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The act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed.
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To place in juxtaposition.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
juxtaposition
Plural:
juxtapositions

Origin of juxtaposition

  • From French juxtaposition, from Latin iuxtā (“near") from Latin iungō (“to join") + French position (“position") from Latin pōnō (“to place").

    From Wiktionary