a discrimination between things as different and distinct
"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
eminence, distinction, preeminence, note(noun)
high status importance owing to marked superiority
"a scholar of great eminence"
a distinguishing quality
"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
a distinguishing difference
"he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination
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.
Origin: From (12th century) distinction, from accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo. Used in English from the late 14th century.
a marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division
the act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination
that which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good
estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance
conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of 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
dis-tingk′shun, n. separation or division: that which distinguishes or gives distinction: difference: eminence: characteristic dignity and elegance of style: honourable treatment.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2428
Rank popularity for the word 'distinction' in Nouns Frequency: #939
The numerical value of distinction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of distinction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Distinction is the consequence, never the object of a great mind.
Petty ambition would seem to be a mean craving after distinction.
Are you busy proving your worth or living it? A critical distinction.”
I'm the only person of distinction who's ever had a depression named for him.
It was a friendly business relationship, that's a fairly important distinction.
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Translations for distinction
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- отли́чие, разлика, разли́чиеBulgarian
- distincióCatalan, Valencian
- vyznamenání, rozdílCzech
- Unterschied, AuszeichnungGerman
- ero, kunniaFinnish
- distinction, différenceFrench
- 区別, 違いJapanese
- distinksjon, forskjellNorwegian
- różnica, wyróżnienie, odznaczeniePolish
- diferență, distingere, distingibilitate, deosebire, distincțieRomanian
- ра́зница, разграниче́ние, отли́чие, разли́чиеRussian
- skillnad, distinktionSwedish
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