a discrimination between things as different and distinct
"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
eminence, distinction, preeminence, note(noun)
high status importance owing to marked superiority
"a scholar of great eminence"
differentiation, distinction, annotation, tubercle, note, government note, banknote, banker's bill, preeminence, bank bill, short letter, eminence, musical note, bill, bank note, tuberosity, line, notation, tone, greenback, note of hand, promissory note, billet
a distinguishing quality
"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
a distinguishing difference
"he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A characteristic belongs to the nature or character of the person, thing, or class, and serves to identify an object; as, a copper-colored skin, high cheek-bones, and straight, black hair are characteristics of the American Indian. A sign is manifest to an observer; a mark or a characteristic may be more difficult to discover; an insensible person may show signs of life, while sometimes only close examination will disclose marks of violence. Pallor is ordinarily a mark of fear; but in some brave natures it is simply a characteristic of intense earnestness. Mark is sometimes used in a good, but often in a bad sense; we speak of the characteristic of a gentleman, the mark of a villain. Compare ATTRIBUTE; CHARACTER.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Translations for distinction
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- отли́чие, разлика, разли́чиеBulgarian
- distincióCatalan, Valencian
- vyznamenání, rozdílCzech
- Unterschied, AuszeichnungGerman
- ero, kunniaFinnish
- distinction, différenceFrench
- 区別, 違いJapanese
- distinksjon, forskjellNorwegian
- różnica, wyróżnienie, odznaczeniePolish
- diferență, distingere, distingibilitate, deosebire, distincțieRomanian
- ра́зница, разграниче́ние, отли́чие, разли́чиеRussian
- skillnad, distinktionSwedish
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