Distinction meaning

dĭ-stĭngkshən
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A distinguishing factor, attribute, or characteristic.

A legal system blind to distinctions of race, gender, and class.

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The quality that makes one seem superior or worthy of special recognition.

To serve with distinction.

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The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.

There is a distinction to be made between resting and slacking.

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Distinction is defined as the act of separating people or things into different groups, or the feature that differentiates or a special recognition.

An example of a time when you make a distinction is when you separate good art from bad art.

An example of distinction is when you are given an award for being an expert in your field.

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A mark or sign of special recognition or honor.
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The act of making or keeping distinct; differentiation between or among things.
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The condition of being different; difference.
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That which makes or keeps distinct; quality, mark, or feature that differentiates.
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The state of getting special recognition or honor; fame; eminence.

A singer of distinction.

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That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
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Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.

She had the distinction of meeting the Queen.

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Origin of distinction

  • From Old French (12th century) distinction, from Latin accusative distinctionem, action noun of distinguo (“I distinguish”). Used in English from the late 14th century.

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