Distinction
Distinction Dis*tinc"tion, n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.] 1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good. [1913 Webster]

The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance. [1913 Webster]

Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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