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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTINGUISH

Through his glasses Kingozi could distinguish rounded foothills.

And the word was invented to distinguish the laymen from the clergymen.

I now put forth my whole speed, and while thus running could distinguish no sound.

Without Ithuriel's spear, how can they distinguish the good from the evil?

The Pigmies are so called to distinguish them from the bulkier Caucasians —who are Hogmies.

It is so called to distinguish it from a "copy," which is made by another artist.

It was just growing dusk, and the doctor could not distinguish her features.

Betty was drunk; and she was too young to distinguish between vintages.

It had been too dark for me to distinguish the colours exactly.

The Citizen Morot could not hear the jokes nor distinguish the cause of the groaning.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle French distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, or directly from Latin distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -stinguere "to prick" (see extinguish, and cf. Latin instinguere "to incite, impel").

The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of Old French -iss-, ultimately from Latin inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing. The earlier form of the verb was distinguen (mid-14c.).

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