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dɪˈstɪŋk ʃəndis·tinc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. differentiation, distinctionnoun

    a discrimination between things as different and distinct

    "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

  2. eminence, distinction, preeminence, notenoun

    high status importance owing to marked superiority

    "a scholar of great eminence"

  3. distinctionnoun

    a distinguishing quality

    "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

  4. distinctionnoun

    a distinguishing difference

    "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"

Wiktionary

  1. distinctionnoun

    That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

  2. distinctionnoun

    The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination

  3. distinctionnoun

    specifically, a feature that that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.

  4. Etymology: From (12th century) distinction, from accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo. Used in English from the late 14th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Distinctionnoun

    Etymology: distinctio, Latin.

    This faculty of perception puts the distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter. John Locke.

    Maids, women, wives, without distinction fall;
    The sweeping deluge, love, comes on, and covers all. Dryd.

    This fierce abridgment
    Hath to it circumstantial branches, which
    Distinction should be rich in. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The distinction of it into acts was not known unto them; or, if it were, it is yet so darkly delivered to us, that we cannot make it out. John Dryden, on Dramatick Poesy.

    The mixture of those things by speech, which by nature are divided, is the mother of all error: to take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 3.

    Lawfulness cannot be handled without limitations and distinctions. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    This will puzzle all your logick
    And distinctions to answer it. John Denham, Sophy.

    From this distinction of real and apparent good, some distinguish happiness into two sorts, real and imaginary. John Norris.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distinctionnoun

    a marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division

  2. Distinctionnoun

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

  3. Distinctionnoun

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

  4. Distinctionnoun

    estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance

  5. Distinctionnoun

    conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction

Freebase

  1. Distinction

    Distinction is a principle under international humanitarian law governing the legal use of force in an armed conflict, whereby belligerents must distinguish between combatants and civilians. Distinction and proportionality are important factors in assessing military necessity in that the harm caused to civilians or civilian property must be proportional and not excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated by an attack on a military objective.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distinction

    dis-tingk′shun, n. separation or division: that which distinguishes or gives distinction: difference: eminence: characteristic dignity and elegance of style: honourable treatment.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. distinction

    Flags of distinction, badges, honourable note of superiority.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2428

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Nouns Frequency: #939

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distinction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distinction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of distinction in a Sentence

  1. Carlyle Thayer:

    During the Vietnam War Hanoi always drew a distinction between the peace-loving American people and the imperialist American government, there was a basis for future reconciliation.

  2. The Australian development expert:

    I would expect with climate change that distinction is going to blur further, and we're going to see more incidents - whether it's... food insecurity riots that create instability, or refugees in Europe.

  3. Vincent Van Gogh:

    Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And let us not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil.”

  4. Leon Trotsky:

    Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain -- at least in a poor country like Russia -- and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.

  5. Benjamin Franklin:

    Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
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