Distinguished
Distinguished Dis*tin"guished, a. 1. Marked; special. [1913 Webster]

The most distinguished politeness. --Mad. D' Arblay. [1913 Webster]

2. Separated from others by distinct difference; having, or indicating, superiority; eminent or known; illustrious; -- applied to persons and deeds.

Syn: Marked; noted; famous; conspicuous; celebrated; transcendent; eminent; illustrious; extraordinary; prominent. -- {Distinguished}, {Eminent}, {Conspicuous}, {Celebrated}, {Illustrious}. A man is eminent, when he stands high as compared with those around him; conspicuous, when he is so elevated as to be seen and observed; distinguished, when he has something which makes him stand apart from others in the public view; celebrated, when he is widely spoken of with honor and respect; illustrious, when a splendor is thrown around him which confers the highest dignity. [1913 Webster]


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