Distinction - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈstɪŋkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word distinction
Brit.  |dɪˈstɪŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word distinction

noun

- a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes(syn: differentiation)

it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation

- high status importance owing to marked superiority (syn: eminence, note, preeminence)
- a distinguishing difference between similar things or people

he learned the distinction between gold and lead

- an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority

she graduated with the highest distinction

Examples

There are no obvious distinctions between the two designs.

She made a distinction between the words “less” and “fewer.”

He was raised in a small town of no great distinction.

Her talents gave distinction to the work.

He won many distinctions.

The book has more quality and distinction than four-fifths of the novels which come under our notice.

it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation

he learned the distinction between gold and lead

she graduated with the highest distinction

...there's a firm distinction between the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and overindulgence to the point of intoxication...

...had the dubious distinction of being the last selectee to serve in the Vietnam War...

The design of the conservatory is meant to blur the distinction between the house and the garden.

There is not always a clear-cut distinction between right and wrong.

The report draws a distinction between various forms of health care.

His grey hair gave him an air of distinction.

Word forms

noun
singular: distinction
plural: distinctions
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