Dictionary > Distinction

Distinction

Distinction
1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known. (Dryden)
2. 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)
3. 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)
4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance. Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall. (Dryden)
5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction. Your country’s own means of distinction and defense. (D. Webster)
Synonym: difference, variation, variety, contrast, diversity, contrariety, disagreement, discrimination, preference, superiority, rank, note, eminence.
Origin: L. Distinctio: cf. F. Distinction.


You will also like...

Physiological Homeostasis
Physiological Homeostasis

Homeostasis is essential to maintain conditions within the tolerable limits. Otherwise, the body will fail to function p..

Sugar Homeostasis
Sugar Homeostasis

The blood sugar level is regulated by two hormones. The mechanism behind this type of negative feedback control is descr..

Golgi apparatus (3-D illustration)
Role of Golgi Apparatus & Endoplasmic Reticulum in Protein Synthesis

The endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus are the organelles involved in the translation step of protein synthesis a..

A chart depicting Mendel's Law of Dominance
Mendel’s Law & Mendelian Genetics

One of Mendel’s law of inheritance is the “law of dominance”. Read this tutorial to know more about this form of i..

human brain structure
The Conscious & Unconscious Nervous System

This tutorial elaborates on how the nervous system works, particularly at the tissue level of the brain. There are three..

Biological Viruses
Biological Viruses

Viruses possess both living and non-living characteristics. This unique feature distinguishes them from other organisms...