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# Juxtaposition vs. Contrast

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Juxtapositionnoun

The nearness of objects with little or no delimiter.

Contrastnoun

(countable) A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.

Juxtapositionnoun

(grammar) An absence of linking elements in a group of words that are listed together.

‘Example: mother father instead of mother and father’;

Contrastnoun

(uncountable) The degree of this difference.

‘The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them — I can hardly tell them apart.’;

Juxtapositionnoun

(mathematics) An absence of operators in an expression.

‘Using juxtaposition for multiplication saves space when writing longer expressions. $a \times b \!$ collapses to $ab\!$.’;

Contrastnoun

(countable) A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.

Juxtapositionnoun

The extra emphasis given to a comparison when the contrasted objects are close together.

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

Contrastnoun

(countable) A difference between two objects, people or concepts.

‘Israel is a country of many contrasts.’;

Juxtapositionnoun

(arts) 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.’;

Contrastnoun

Antithesis.

Juxtapositionnoun

(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.’;

Contrastverb

(transitive) To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.

Juxtapositionverb

To place in juxtaposition.

Contrastverb

(intransitive) To form a contrast.

‘Foreground and background strongly contrast.’;

Juxtapositionnoun

A placing or being placed in nearness or contiguity, or side by side; as, a juxtaposition of words.

‘Parts that are united by a a mere juxtaposition.’; ‘Juxtaposition is a very unsafe criterion of continuity.’;

Contrastverb

To stand in opposition; to exhibit difference, unlikeness, or opposition of qualities.

‘The joints which divide the sandstone contrast finely with the divisional planes which separate the basalt into pillars.’;

Juxtapositionnoun

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

‘it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors’;

Contrastverb

To set in opposition, or over against, in order to show the differences between, or the comparative excellences and defects of; to compare by difference or contrariety of qualities; as, to contrast the present with the past.

Juxtapositionnoun

a side-by-side position

Contrastverb

To give greater effect to, as to a figure or other object, by putting it in some relation of opposition to another figure or object.

‘the figures of the groups must not be all on side . . . but must contrast each other by their several position.’;

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition is an act or instance of placing two elements close together or side by side. This is often done in order to compare/contrast the two, to show similarities or differences, etc.

Contrastnoun

The act of contrasting, or the state of being contrasted; comparison by contrariety of qualities.

‘place the prospect of the soulIn sober contrast with reality.’;

Contrastnoun

Opposition or dissimilitude of things or qualities; unlikeness, esp. as shown by juxtaposition or comparison.

‘The contrasts and resemblances of the seasons.’;

Contrastnoun

The opposition of varied forms, colors, etc., which by such juxtaposition more vividly express each other's peculiarities.

Contrastnoun

the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared;

‘in contrast to’; ‘by contrast’;

Contrastnoun

the act of distinguishing by comparing differences

Contrastnoun

a conceptual separation or demarcation;

‘there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity’;

Contrastnoun

the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors

Contrastnoun

the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)

Contrastverb

put in opposition to show or emphasize differences;

‘The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student’;

Contrastverb

to show differences when compared; be different;

‘the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities’;