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distinction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distinction  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distinction 
  n  1:  a  discrimination  made  between  things  as  different;  "it  is 
  necessary  to  make  a  distinction  between  love  and 
  infatuation"  [syn:  {differentiation}] 
  2:  high  status  importance  owing  to  marked  superiority;  "a 
  scholar  of  great  eminence"  [syn:  {eminence},  {preeminence}, 
  {note}] 
  3:  a  distinguishing  quality;  "it  has  the  distinction  of  being 
  the  cheapest  restaurant  in  town" 
  4:  a  distinguishing  difference:  "he  learned  the  distinction 
  between  gold  and  lead" 




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