Definition of juxtapose in English:

juxtapose

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Place or deal with close together for contrasting effect.

    ‘black-and-white photos of slums were starkly juxtaposed with colour images’
    • ‘Adie's visually-illustrated stage show charts the role women have played in conflict throughout the ages, juxtaposing their part in wartime history with the garments they wore.’
    • ‘The artist's choice of juxtaposing a partially blurred image with a clear one serves to vindicate her own, paint-like style.’
    • ‘We produce the effect of counterpoint by juxtaposing lineal periods with grammatical periods.’
    • ‘Warm melodic figures are juxtaposed with harsher percussive patterns, setting up some fascinating contrasts in sound.’
    • ‘His whole idea of art is to juxtapose sound, musical associations and imagery together, as well as film, and collage effects.’
    • ‘Some fascinating comparisons are achieved by juxtaposing the liberty and exclusivity of the traditions of the synagogue with those of the illegal trade of the mafia.’
    • ‘The novel juxtaposes three stories of the effects of state violence on marginalized bodies across the African diaspora.’
    • ‘Your onslaught ended by juxtaposing my yoga discipline with the ‘mess’ in my Scottsdale apartment.’
    • ‘In juxtaposing a photograph with other elements, Woodman brought together different time spans, historical and spatial contexts and art forms for a totally surreal effect.’
    • ‘Voltaire ridicules an old-school philosophical system by juxtaposing it with horrific historical reality.’
    • ‘He juxtaposes each work with an analogous or contrasting story from the Bible and often relates these to modern experience, especially those of college students.’
    • ‘By juxtaposing their class differences, Harper uses economic contrast to suggest that gender perspectives are related to class consciousness.’
    • ‘She divides their stories into helpfully labeled chapters that juxtapose their stories at each stage.’
    • ‘Hence, the film juxtaposes real-life footage of deep sea dives with imagined special effects of what life might look like on other planets in the solar system.’
    • ‘By juxtaposing these elements, he not only achieves a variety in his compositions, but also employs means provided by a stark contrast in his experience as a tangentially urbanised painter.’
    • ‘Other paintings in the show juxtapose cinematic effects with sections that insist upon the obdurate flatness of the picture's surface.’
    • ‘When two contrary elements are juxtaposed, the sudden surprise catches us off guard.’
    • ‘These large contrasts are buttressed by many particulars, as Brooks carefully juxtaposes her protagonist to Eliot's.’
    • ‘I was lifting and collaging sentences and sections from all sorts of popular publications and juxtaposing them for effect.’
    • ‘The Animal Liberation Project involves a display of panels juxtaposing graphic images of slavery and other human abuse with pictures of chained animals.’
    place side by side, set side by side, place close to one another, set close to one another, mix
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

juxtapose

/ˌdʒʌkstəˈpəʊz/