Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It is this that distinguishes this class of foods from animal foods.

That which distinguishes the man who is content to be something from the man who wishes to do something.

The faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one.

A man only is so who understands, who distinguishes, who tests it.

Why, because he distinguishes the face of a friend and of an enemy only by the criterion of knowing and not knowing.

Is there some other form of knowledge which distinguishes them?

What then distinguishes rhetoric from the other arts which have to do with words?

It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood-cutter, from the tree of the poet.

This distinguishes them from the "guaranteed rights" of the European states.

The donkey started at the easy trot that distinguishes his species in Egypt.


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.).