Definitions for: Distinction


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



Webster (1913) 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.

Synonyms: differentiation, eminence, note, preeminence

See Also: contradistinction, contrast, demarcation, difference, discrimination, dividing line, hairsplitting, high status, line, quality, secernment, word-splitting

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