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a. The act of distinguishing; differentiation: economists making an ongoing distinction between domestic and foreign markets.
b. The condition or fact of being dissimilar or distinct; difference: "the crucial distinction between education and indoctrination" (A. Bartlett Giamatti). See Synonyms at difference.
2. A distinguishing factor, attribute, or characteristic: a legal system blind to distinctions of race, gender, and class.
a. Excellence or eminence, as of performance, character, or reputation: a diplomat of distinction.
b. A special quality or accomplishment conferring uniqueness or honor: has the distinction of being the tallest in his class.
c. Recognition of achievement or superiority; honor: graduated with distinction.
d. An award or honor given to someone for outstanding achievement: won many distinctions while in the military.


1. the act or an instance of distinguishing or differentiating
2. a distinguishing feature
3. the state of being different or distinguishable
4. special honour, recognition, or fame
5. excellence of character; distinctive qualities: a man of distinction.
6. distinguished appearance
7. a symbol of honour or rank


(dɪˈstɪŋk ʃən)

1. a distinguishing as different.
2. the recognizing of differences; discrimination: to make a distinction between right and wrong.
3. a discrimination made between things as different: Death comes to all without distinction.
4. the condition of being different; difference: the distinction between talk and action.
5. a distinguishing quality: It has the distinction of being the oldest house in town.
6. a distinguishing or treating with special honor, attention, or favor.
7. marked superiority.
8. distinguished appearance.


1. 'difference'

The difference between things is the way or ways in which they are not the same.

Is there much difference between British and European law?
There are many differences between computers and humans.

If something makes a difference to a situation, it affects it, usually in a positive way. If something makes no difference to a situation, it doesn't affect it.

The training certainly made a difference to staff performance.
The story about her past made no difference to his feelings for her.
2. 'distinction'

If someone points out that two things are different, don't say that they 'make a difference' between the things. You say that they make a distinction or draw a distinction between them.

It is important to make a distinction between claimants who are over retirement age and those who are not.
He draws a distinction between art and culture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinctdistinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
discrimination, secernment - the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
contradistinction - a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast; "sculpture in contradistinction to painting"
dividing line, demarcation, contrast, line - a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
hairsplitting, word-splitting - making too fine distinctions of little importance; "they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"
2.distinction - high status importance owing to marked superiority; "a scholar of great eminence"
high status - a position of superior status
king - preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the lion is the king of beasts"
3.distinction - a distinguishing quality; "it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
4.distinction - a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"


3. feature, quality, characteristic, name, mark, individuality, peculiarity, singularity, distinctiveness, particularity He has the distinction of being their greatest living writer.
4. merit, credit, honour, integrity, excellence, righteousness, rectitude, uprightness She had served her country with distinction and strength.


1. The act or an instance of distinguishing:
3. A position of exalted widely recognized importance:
4. A special feature or quality that confers superiority:
5. Recognition of achievement or superiority or a sign of this:
accolade, honor, kudos, laurel (often used in plural).
إمْتِيازتـَمْييزتَمييز، تَفْريق
greinarmunursómi, heiîur; viîurkenning
ayırımfark gözetmeüstün başarı/derece
sự phân biệt


[dɪsˈtɪŋkʃən] N
1. (= difference) → distinción f
to draw a distinction betweenhacer una distinción entre
2. (= eminence) → distinción f
a man of distinctionun hombre distinguido
a writer of distinctionun escritor destacado
to gain or win distinctiondistinguirse (as como) you have the distinction of being the firsta usted le corresponde el honor de ser el primero
3. (Univ, Scol) → sobresaliente m
he got a distinction in Englishle dieron un sobresaliente en inglés


[dɪˈstɪŋkʃən] n
(= differentiation) → distinction f (= difference) → différence f
the distinction between sth and sth → la différence entre qch et qch
to make a distinction between
to draw a distinction between → faire la distinction entre
(= pre-eminence) → mérite m
to have the distinction of being sth → avoir le mérite d'être qch
a writer of distinction → un écrivain réputé
(= privilege) → honneur m
I had the distinction of being invited to speak → J'ai eu l'honneur d'être invité à prendre la parole.
(in exam)mention f très bien
I got a distinction in my piano exam → J'ai eu la mention très bien à mon examen de piano.


(= difference)Unterschied m; (= act of distinguishing)Unterscheidung f; to make or draw a distinction (between two things)(zwischen zwei Dingen) unterscheiden or einen Unterschied machen
no pl (= preeminence)(hoher) Rang m, → Distinktion f (dated geh); (= refinement)Vornehmheit f; she has an air of distinction about hersie hat etwas Vornehmes or Distinguiertes (geh)(an sich); a pianist of distinctionein Pianist von Rang; he has the distinction of being the oldest living personer zeichnet sich dadurch aus, dass er der älteste Mensch ist
(Sch, Univ: = grade) → Auszeichnung f; he got a distinction in Frencher hat das Französischexamen mit Auszeichnung bestanden; he was awarded several academic distinctionsihm sind mehrere akademische Auszeichnungen verliehen worden


[dɪsˈtɪŋkʃn] n (difference) → distinzione f, differenza; (mark of honour) → onorificenza
a writer of distinction → un eminente scrittore
to draw a distinction between → fare distinzione tra
she got a distinction in English (Scol) → ha avuto il massimo dei voti in inglese (Univ) → ha ottenuto la lode


(diˈstiŋkt) adjective
1. easily seen, heard or noticed. There are distinct differences between the two; Her voice is very distinct.
2. separate or different. Those two birds are quite distinct – you couldn't confuse them.
diˈstinctly adverb
He pronounces his words very distinctly; I distinctly heard him tell you to wait!
diˈstinctness noun
diˈstinction (-ʃən) noun
1. (the making of) a difference. He makes no distinction between male and female employees with regard to pay.
2. a grade awarded that indicates outstanding ability or achievement. She passed her exams with distinction.
diˈstinctive (-tiv) adjective
different and easily identified. I recognized her from a long way off – she has a very distinctive walk!
diˈstinctively adverb


تـَمْييز rozlišení udmærkelse Unterscheidung διάκριση distinción erottaminen distinction razlika distinzione 区別 구별 onderscheiding forskjell rozróżnienie distinção различие utmärkelse ความแตกต่าง fark gözetme sự phân biệt 区分
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Amy was learning this distinction through much tribulation, for mistaking enthusiasm for inspiration, she attempted every branch of art with youthful audacity.
In fact, they knew nothing of any of their neighbors; their lodgers were all people of the highest distinction, they assured Edna.
Tis the name his Canada fathers have given to Magua," returned the runner, with an air that manifested his pride at the distinction.
For, if we deem it otherwise, do we not hereby say that the Heavenly Father, the creator of all flesh, hath lightly recognised a deed of sin, and made of no account the distinction between unhallowed lust and holy love?
But that was not the wonder of wonders; I reserve this distinction for quite another circumstance: the circumstance that dread had unmistakably quitted me and that there was nothing in me there that didn't meet and measure him.
I abandon the glory and distinction of such offices to those who like them.
The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.
I spects I 's the wickedest critter in the world;" and Topsy would cut a summerset, and come up brisk and shining on to a higher perch, and evidently plume herself on the distinction.
I knew you must be a person of distinction, by your fine presence and courtly address, and by the fact that you are not subjected to the indignity of hobbles, like myself and the rest.
Frankfort is one of the sixteen cities which have the distinction of being the place where the following incident occurred.
He went handsomely equipped with "conditions," but otherwise he was not an object of distinction there.
Mary took him in hand, and when she was done with him he was a man and a brother, without distinction of color, and his saturated hair was neatly brushed, and its short curls wrought into a dainty and symmetrical general effect.