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Meaning of DISTINCTION

Pronunciation:  di'stingkshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
  2. [n]  a distinguishing quality; "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
  3. [n]  a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
  4. [n]  high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence"
 

DISTINCTION is a 11 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: differentiation, eminence, note, preeminence
 
 See Also: contradistinction, contrast, demarcation, difference, discrimination, dividing line, hairsplitting, high status, line, quality, secernment, word-splitting

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dis*tinc"tion\, n. [L. distinctio: cf. F.
distinction.]
1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts;
   division. [Obs.]

         The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known.
                                               --Dryden.

2. The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences
   between objects, or the qualities by which one is known
   from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination.

         To take away therefore that error, which confusion
         breedeth, distinction is requisite.   --Hooker.

3. That which distinguishes one thing from another;
   distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as,
   the distinction between real and apparent good.

         The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the
         inferior parts of matter.             --Locke.

4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or
   distinguishing circumstance.

         Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall.
                                               --Dryden.

5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable
   estimation; as, a man of distinction.

         Your country's own means of distinction and defense.
                                               --D. Webster.

Syn: Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity;
     contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference;
     superiority; rank; note; eminence.

 
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