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distinction at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[dıs'tıŋkʃən]

distinction at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1340, "action of distinguishing," from L. distinctionem, from stem of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "excellence or eminence" (what distinguishes from others) is first recorded 1699. Distinctive is first recorded 1583; distinct is from 1382. ///

distinction at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W2S3 n ----------//
1 difference:
2 excellence:
3 being special:
4 result: ----------//
1 DIFFERENCE: [U and C] a clear difference or separation between two similar things// distinction between// --the distinction between formal and informal language// clear/sharp distinction // --There is often no clear distinction between an allergy and food intolerance.// make/draw a distinction // --The Act makes no distinction between children and adults (=it treats them as if they were the same) .//
2 EXCELLENCE: [U] the quality of being excellent and important// --No one today doubts Eliot's distinction as a poet.//
3 BEING SPECIAL: [singular] the quality of being special in some way// have/earn/achieve etc the distinction of doing sth // --At that time, it had the distinction of being the largest bridge in the UK.// --The US enjoys the dubious distinction of being the lawsuit capital of the world.//
4 RESULT: [U and C] a special mark given to a student whose work is excellent// with distinction// --He obtained a law doctorate with distinction.//

distinction at French => English Of Explained:

distinction, renown

distinction at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

212 Moby Thesaurus words for "distinction":
Atticism, accolade, account, alteration, analysis, anatomization,
ancestry, appropriateness, aristocracy, aristocraticalness,
atomization, award, badge, bays, birth, blood, blue blood,
celebrity, change, characterization, chasteness, chastity, clarity,
classicalism, classicism, clearness, comeliness, consequence,
conspicuousness, contradistinction, contrariety, contrast,
correctness, credit, decoration, definition, delicacy,
delicate distinction, demarcation, departure, description,
desynonymization, deviation, difference, differencing, differentia,
differential, differentiation, dignity, directness, disaccord,
disaccordance, disagreement, disconformity, discongruity,
discordance, discrepancy, discreteness, discrimination,
disequalization, disjunction, disparity, dissemblance, dissent,
dissimilarity, dissimilitude, dissonance, distinctiveness,
distinctness, distinguishment, divergence, divergency,
diversification, diversity, dividing line, division, ease,
elegance, elegancy, elevation, eminence, esteem, exaltation,
excellence, fame, far cry, felicitousness, felicity, fine point,
finish, fittingness, flow, flowing periods, fluency, genteelness,
gentility, glory, good taste, grace, gracefulness, gracility,
grandeur, great honor, greatness, hairline, hairsplitting, heroism,
heterogeneity, high mightiness, honor, honorable descent,
illustriousness, importance, inaccordance, incompatibility,
incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, individualization,
individuation, inequality, inharmoniousness, inharmony,
irreconcilability, kudos, laurels, limpidity, loftiness, lucidity,
magnanimity, majesty, margin, mark, memorability, merit,
microscopic distinction, mixture, modification, narrow margin,
naturalness, neatness, nice distinction, nicety, nobility,
noble birth, nobleness, nonconformity, notability, note,
noteworthiness, nuance, odds, opposition, ornament, otherness,
outstandingness, particle of difference, particularization,
pellucidity, personalization, perspicuity, plainness,
point of difference, polish, preeminence, prestige, prominence,
propriety, purity, quality, rank, refinement, remarkableness,
renown, reputation, repute, restraint, royalty, salience,
seemliness, segregation, separateness, separation, severalization,
severance, shade of difference, significance, simplicity,
smoothness, specialization, straightforwardness, sublimity,
subtle distinction, subtlety, supereminence, superiority, taste,
tastefulness, terseness, trichoschistism, unaffectedness,
unconformity, uniqueness, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, value, variance,
variation, variegation, variety, wide margin, worth

distinction at French => English Of Explained:

,
silly, simperalbernd [albrnt]
simperin

distinction at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Difference): difference, variance, variation, variety, diversity, dissimilarity, disagreement, disparity, inequality, distinction, contradistinction, alteration, modification, permutation, fine distinction, subtle distinction, shade of difference, nuance, discrimination, different thing, something else, horse of a different color.

[N] (Distinction): discrimination, distinction, differentiation, diagnosis, perception, estimation, critique, judgment, discernment, acuteness, penetration.

[N] (Reputation): distinction, mark, name, figure, repute, reputation, notability, notoriety, vogue, celebrity, fame, renown, popularity, prestige, glory, honor.

[N] (Nobility): nobility, rank, condition, distinction, birth, elite, aristocracy, upper class, blue blood.

distinction at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
1 [C] ~ (between A and B) a clear difference or contrast especially between people or things that are similar or related:
distinctions between traditional and modern societies * Philosophers did not use to make a distinction between arts and science.
2 [U] the quality of being excellent or important:
a writer of distinction
3 [sing.] the quality of being sth that is special:
She had the distinction of being the first woman to fly the Atlantic.
4 [U] the separation of people or things into different groups:
The new law makes no distinction between adults and children (= treats them equally). * All groups are entitled to this money without distinction.
5 [C, U] a special mark/grade or award that is given to sb, especially a student, for excellent work:
Naomi got a distinction in maths. * He graduated with distinction.

distinction at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
1 [C] ~ (between A and B) a clear difference or contrast especially between people or things that are similar or related:
distinctions between traditional and modern societies * Philosophers did not use to make a distinction between arts and science.
2 [U] the quality of being excellent or important:
a writer of distinction
3 [sing.] the quality of being sth that is special:
She had the distinction of being the first woman to fly the Atlantic.
4 [U] the separation of people or things into different groups:
The new law makes no distinction between adults and children (= treats them equally). * All groups are entitled to this money without distinction.
5 [C, U] a special mark/grade or award that is given to sb, especially a student, for excellent work:
Naomi got a distinction in maths. * He graduated with distinction.

Distinction at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

distinction at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

distinction
n 1: a discrimination between things as different and distinct;
"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"

distinction at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » fro|en (12th century) Inter: term » distinction|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la accusative Inter: term » distinctionem|lang=la, action noun of Inter: term » distinguo||I distinguish|lang=la. Used in English from the late 14th century.

Pronunciation

* Inter: IPA » /dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-distinction.ogg|Audio (US)

    Noun

    Inter: en-nou » n

  • That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
    1. The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination
    2. Inter: quote-book »


    |year=1921
    |title=Category: S - :The Analysis of Mind/Lecture II|The Analysis of Mind
    |author=Category: w - :Bertrand Russell|Bertrand Russell
    |chapter=Lecture II
    |passage=In spite of these qualifications, the broad distinction between instinct and habit is undeniable. To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.
    1. Inter: quote-book »


    |year=1911
    |title=Category: S - :1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Evidence|Encyclopædia Britannica
    |chapter=Evidence
    |passage=But, for practical purposes, it is possible to draw a distinction between a statement of facts observed and an expression of opinion as to the inference to be drawn from these facts, and the rule telling witnesses to state facts and not express opinions is of great value in keeping their statements out of the region of argument and conjecture.
    1. 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.

      Derived terms

      * contradistinction

  • distinction without a difference

    Related terms

    * distinct
  • distinguish
  • distinguished
  • distinguishable
  • distinguishness

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » that which distinguishes
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|разлика|f, Inter: t+ » bg|различие|n
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|distinció|f
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|rozdíl|m
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|distingo
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Unterschied|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διάκριση|f|tr=diákrisi
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|distinksjon|m
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|różnica
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|distinção|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|distincție|f, Inter: t- » ro|deosebire|f, Inter: t- » ro|diferență|f, Inter: t- » ro|distingere|f


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » the state of being distinguishable
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|distinció|f
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|forskjell|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|distingibilitate|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » a feature that causes someone or something to be better
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|отличие|n
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|vyznamenání|n
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Auszeichnung|f


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|διάκριση|f|tr=diákrisi
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|odznaczenie, Inter: t- » pl|wyróżnienie
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|distinção|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    French

    Etymology

    Old French distinction (attested in the 12th century), from the Inter: etyl » la|fr accusative Inter: term » distinctionem, the action noun of Inter: term » distinguere||distinguish.

    Pronunciation

    * Inter: IPA » /dis.tɛ̃k.sjɔ̃/|lang=fr Inter: X-SAMPA » /dis.tE~k.sjO~/
    • Inter: audio » Fr-distinction.ogg|audio
    • Inter: rhymes » ɔ̃|lang=fr
    • Inter: homophones » distinctions|lang=fr

      Noun

      Inter: fr-noun » f


  • distinction (difference, honour)

  • Translation: cy » distinction
    Translation: et » distinction
    Translation: el » distinction
    Translation: es » distinction
    Translation: fr » distinction
    Translation: gl » distinction
    Translation: ko » distinction
    Translation: io » distinction
    Translation: it » distinction
    Translation: kn » distinction
    Translation: ku » distinction
    Translation: li » distinction
    Translation: hu » distinction
    Translation: mg » distinction
    Translation: ml » distinction
    Translation: my » distinction
    Translation: ja » distinction
    Translation: pl » distinction
    Translation: pt » distinction
    Translation: ru » distinction
    Category: simple:distinction -
    Translation: fi » distinction
    Translation: ta » distinction
    Translation: te » distinction
    Translation: tr » distinction
    Translation: vi » distinction
    Translation: zh » distinction