juxtaposition

If a waiter served you a whole fish and a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the same plate, your surprise might be caused by the juxtaposition, or the side-by-side contrast, of the two foods.

Any time unlike things bump up against each other, you can describe it as a juxtaposition. Imagine a funeral mourner telling jokes graveside, and you get the idea — the juxtaposition in this case is between grief and humor. Juxtaposition of two contrasting items is often done deliberately in writing, music, or art — in order to highlight their differences.

DEFINITIONS OF: juxtaposition

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n the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

“it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors”
Synonyms:
apposition, collocation
Types:
tessellation
the careful juxtaposition of shapes in a pattern
Type of:
emplacement, locating, location, placement, position, positioning
the act of putting something in a certain place

n a side-by-side position

Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something
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