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Shakespeare often makes us think by juxtaposing contrasting concepts like youth and age or freedom and responsibility.
  the act of positioning dissimilar things side-x-side (usually to contrast)
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juxtaposed juxtaposition juxtapose juxtaposing juxtaposes
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb juxtapose to a noun.
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  • Shakespeare often makes us think by juxtaposing contrasting concepts like youth and age or freedom and responsibility.
  • It is a city where poverty exists in a startling juxtaposition to great wealth.
  • It is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors.
  • I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.
    Alfred North Whitehead

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  • Although I’m not sure about the juxtaposition you did in the second pairing-
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • I reached up and kissed him and it was very, very real, despite the quite surreal juxtaposition of colors in the night sky.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • ...he produces a letter somewhat similar to the one in question, opens it, pretends to read it, and then places it in close juxtaposition to the other.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • It’s a real juxtaposition between subject matter and materials. ... Angels, by definition, are supposed to be perfect. So by building them out of rusty pieces, and discards and scraps, the artist is making a statement about the fallibility of even the most ideal creatures.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • The screen cuts to another photo of me juxtaposed with Amazing Amy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Juxtaposing those stories with the one of my weekend dates cheapened everything about them.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • Here, on Viola’s wall, in odd juxtaposition with the other artifacts of Viola’s house, flew a Corsair, the dark shadow of my childhood.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The juxtaposition of these two remarks was startling.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Only her gaze was sharp, and the juxtaposition conjured images of a multilayered Renoir portrait… veiled but distinct, with a boldness that somehow retained its shroud of mystery.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Was it possible to imagine so absurd and cynical a juxtaposition?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He found the count standing before some copies of Albano and Fattore that had been passed off to the banker as originals; but which, mere copies as they were, seemed to feel their degradation in being brought into juxtaposition with the gaudy colors that covered the ceiling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • By juxtaposition.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He drags a second plank into position and slants the two of them into their final juxtaposition, gesturing toward the ones yet on the ground, shaping with his empty hand in pantomime the finished box.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • In The Magnolia Jungle the juxtaposition of the best of these columns against a background of stark horror gives a striking effect.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The juxtaposition of Cedric and Franklin causes Tom to squirm.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The Devonian fish, the juxtaposed thumb, the fontanel, technology—click click, click click …
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • In the centre of the eastern side of the Place, rose a heavy and hybrid construction, formed of three buildings placed in juxtaposition.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • By juxtaposition.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now there can exist no irritating juxtaposition of dissimilar personalities comparable to that which is possible aboard a great war-ship fully manned and at sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • When they were together the Jacobean and the Victorian ages were juxtaposed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The dirty feeling of being an agent for a foreign power, juxtaposed with the thrill of fooling a whole legion of government spooks.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He didn’t go near the lubra - knowing that for some reason his nearness alarmed her (perhaps because she was ignorant enough to think that the Spirit of Death might pass, in juxtaposition, from him to her).
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • "So," Lemry says quietly, "your subject will be the juxtaposition of man and God in the universe?"
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • There, in almost incestuously close juxtaposition, seven scrap-books of newspaper and magazine clippings had been bracketed, at the bindings, directly into the plaster.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • My immediate purpose is to lead you to place in juxtaposition, that very unusual activity of which I have just spoken with that very peculiar shrill (or harsh) and unequal voice, about whose nationality no two persons could be found to agree, and in whose utterance no syllabification could be detected.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Only his fellow-snobs knew that he was of their number, for, owing to their inability to appreciate the intervening efforts of his imagination, they saw in close juxtaposition the social activities of Legrandin and their primary cause.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Thus it happened that in Eustacia’s brain were juxtaposed the strangest assortment of ideas, from old time and from new.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • In juxtaposition with Troy, Oak had a melancholy tendency to look like a candle beside gas, and ill at ease, he went out again, thinking he would go home; for, under the circumstances, he had no heart for the scene in the barn.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Rotting portico and scaling walls, it stood, not ravaged, not invaded, marked by no bullet nor soldier’s iron heel but rather as though reserved for something more some desolation more profound than ruin, as if it had stood in iron juxtaposition to iron flame, to a holocaust which had found itself less fierce and less implacable, not hurled but rather fallen back before the impervious and indomitable skeleton which the flames durst not, at the instant’s final crisis, assail; there was…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Is a sequence of events possible in eternity, a juxtaposition of objects in infinity?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I see the nature of the current crises in the juxtaposition of the individual to society.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Maybe this is what keeps me in Addis all these years, Hema thought, this juxtaposition of culture and brutality, this molding of the new out of the crucible of primeval mud.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In juxtaposition to it, and under its immediate control, is the representative of the executive power, whose duty it is to constrain the refractory to submit by superior force.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In Graceland Cemetery, to the north, young couples raced their sleighs over the snow-heaped undulations, pulling their blankets especially tight as they passed the dark and dour tombs of Chicago’s richest and most powerful men, the tombs’ bleakness made all the more profound by their juxtaposition against the night-blued snow.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He didn’t understand why the Times would take a ball game off the sports page and juxtapose it with news of such ominous consequence.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • We thus gain another letter, r, represented by (, with the words ’the tree’ in juxtaposition.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • ) A juggler kept a half-dozen swords and axes whirling through the air as skewers of blood sausage were brought sizzling to the tables, a juxtaposition that Tyrion thought passing clever, though not perhaps in the best of taste.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • But that made it decidedly more devout than free—yet another juxtaposition of terms that tended to slip away when you began defining things.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The coarse facade stood in stark juxtaposition to the immaculately landscaped gardens and glassy pond.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • From this day she forced herself to take pains to avoid him—never allowing herself, as formerly, to remain long in his company, even if their juxtaposition were purely accidental.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The principal building, taken in its entirety, was a juxtaposition of hybrid constructions which, viewed from a bird’s-eye view, outlined, with considerable exactness, a gibbet laid flat on the ground.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A scroll of smoke blew aside and revealed to him a wheat-rick in startling juxtaposition with the decaying one, and behind this a series of others, composing the main corn produce of the farm; so that instead of the straw-stack standing, as he had imagined comparatively isolated, there was a regular connection between it and the remaining stacks of the group.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Gabriel was almost blinded, and he could feel Bathsheba’s warm arm tremble in his hand—a sensation novel and thrilling enough; but love, life, everything human, seemed small and trifling in such close juxtaposition with an infuriated universe.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Moreover, at the age of ninety-six, no bond is any longer possible, all is merely juxtaposition; a newcomer is in the way.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Every religion is to be found in juxtaposition to a political opinion which is connected with it by affinity.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Something about the juxtaposition deepened the moment, faces against the landscape, the enormous openness, the breadth of sheepland and divided sky that contains everything outside us, unbearably.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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