Dis*tinc"tion (?), n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.]


A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division.


The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known. Dryden.


The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination.

To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite. Hooker.


That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good.

The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter. Locke.


Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.

Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall. Dryden.


Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction.

Your country's own means of distinction and defense. D. Webster.

Syn. -- Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity; contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference; superiority; rank; note; eminence.


© Webster 1913.

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