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Definition 1: a distinguishing difference between similar things or people - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where distinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he learned the distinction between gold and lead

(distinction is a kind of ...) the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

"there are many differences between jazz and rock"

Definition 2: a discrimination between things as different and distinct on the basis of their characteristics or attributes - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where distinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation

Synonyms for distinction in the sense of this definition

(distinction is a kind of ...) the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

(... is a kind of distinction ) a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast

"sculpture in contradistinction to painting"

(... is a kind of distinction ) a conceptual separation or distinction

"there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

(... is a kind of distinction ) making too fine distinctions of little importance

"they didn't take his hairsplitting seriously"

Definition 3: an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where distinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she graduated with the highest distinction

(distinction is a kind of ...) a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

"an award for bravery"

Definition 4: high status importance owing to marked superiority - [noun denoting state]

Samples where distinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a scholar of great eminence

Synonyms for distinction in the sense of this definition

(distinction is a kind of ...) a position of superior status

(... is a kind of distinction ) preeminence in a particular category or group or field

"the lion is the king of beasts"

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