Word of the Day – Juxtaposition

By August 17, 2019Word of the Day

Juxtaposition (noun)

juk-sta-pos-ishun

The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

Mid 19th century (earlier (Middle English) as juxtaposition): from French juxtaposer, from Latin juxta ‘next’ + French poser ‘to place’.

Example sentences

“the juxtaposition of the two items was quite striking.”

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