a discrimination between things as different and distinct
"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
eminence, distinction, preeminence, note(noun)
high status importance owing to marked superiority
"a scholar of great eminence"
differentiation, annotation, tubercle, note, government note, banknote, banker's bill, preeminence, bank bill, short letter, eminence, musical note, bill, bank note, tuberosity, line, notation, tone, greenback, note of hand, promissory note, billet
a distinguishing quality
"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
a distinguishing difference
"he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A characteristic belongs to the nature or character of the person, thing, or class, and serves to identify an object; as, a copper-colored skin, high cheek-bones, and straight, black hair are characteristics of the American Indian. A sign is manifest to an observer; a mark or a characteristic may be more difficult to discover; an insensible person may show signs of life, while sometimes only close examination will disclose marks of violence. Pallor is ordinarily a mark of fear; but in some brave natures it is simply a characteristic of intense earnestness. Mark is sometimes used in a good, but often in a bad sense; we speak of the characteristic of a gentleman, the mark of a villain. Compare ATTRIBUTE; CHARACTER.
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How to use distinction in a sentence?
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that 'achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.'
It is absolutely a good thing for immigrants to serve in the U.S. military, there is a long history of non-citizens serving with distinction in the military.
They’re so consumed by their radical ideology, so disconnected from reality that even the pleas of expectant mothers and poisoned children fall on deafears, i like to always make the distinction between a reason and an excuse.
For more than 30 months, transgender troops have been serving our country openly with valor and distinction, but now the rug has been ripped out from under them, once again.
Translations for distinction
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- отли́чие, разлика, разли́чиеBulgarian
- distincióCatalan, Valencian
- vyznamenání, rozdílCzech
- Unterschied, AuszeichnungGerman
- ero, kunniaFinnish
- distinction, différenceFrench
- 区別, 違いJapanese
- distinksjon, forskjellNorwegian
- różnica, wyróżnienie, odznaczeniePolish
- diferență, distingere, distingibilitate, deosebire, distincțieRomanian
- ра́зница, разграниче́ние, отли́чие, разли́чиеRussian
- skillnad, distinktionSwedish
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