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 distinction distinction

noun

  • () a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes  ( differentiation, distinction )
    a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes
     it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation
    it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation
  • () high status importance owing to marked superiority  ( note, preeminence, eminence, distinction )
    high status importance owing to marked superiority
     a scholar of great eminence
    a scholar of great eminence
  • () a distinguishing difference between similar things or people  ( distinction )
    a distinguishing difference between similar things or people
     he learned the distinction between gold and lead
    he learned the distinction between gold and lead
  • an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority  ( distinction )
    an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority
     she graduated with the highest distinction
    she graduated with the highest distinction