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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTINCTION

He might even qualify for some distinction in it with such a teacher!

Isabel was lodged at the court of France, and treated with distinction.

That distinction Beaufort did not feel; but at a glance it was visible to Philip.

A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.

We may observe a like distinction to run through all the other perceptions of the mind.

The insinuating traveller complimented her on the justice of the distinction.

Both these young persons of distinction were something the worse for late hours.

But will you be so good as to inform me why you make this distinction?

Who do you imagine has it in contemplation to confer a distinction upon you, sir?'

I desire to imitate the committee in their refinement and delicacy of distinction.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "one of the parts into which something is divided;" mid-14c. as "action of distinguishing," from Old French distinction and directly from Latin distinctionem (nominative distinctio) "separation, distinction, discrimination," noun of action from past participle stem of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "distinctive nature or character" is late 14c. Meaning "excellence or eminence" (what distinguishes from others) is first recorded 1690s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DISTINCTION

accolade

nounstrong praise, recognition of achievement

accolades

nounstrong praise, recognition of achievement
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