HyperDic: distinction

English > 4 senses of the word distinction:
NOUNcognitiondistinction, differentiationa discrimination between things as different and distinct / distinct
statedistinction, eminence, preeminence, notehigh status importance owing to marked superiority
attributedistinctiona distinguishing difference
communicationdistinctionan honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority
distinction > pronunciation
Soundsdihstih'ngkshahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > distinction: 4 senses > noun 1, cognition
MeaningA discrimination between things as different and distinct / distinct.
Example"it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
Synonymdifferentiation
NarrowercontradistinctionA distinction drawn on the basis of contrast
hairsplitting, word-splittingmaking too fine distinctions of little importance
line, dividing line, demarcation, contrastA conceptual separation or distinction
Broaderdiscrimination, secernmentThe cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
Spanishdiferenciación, distinción
Catalandiferenciació, distinció
Verbsdistinguishmark as different
English > distinction: 4 senses > noun 2, state
Meaninghigh status importance owing to marked superiority.
Synonymseminence, preeminence, note
Narrowerkingpreeminence in a particular category or group or field
Broaderhigh statusA position of superior / superior status
Spanishdistinción, eminencia, preeminencia
Catalandistinció, eminència, preeminència
English > distinction: 4 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningA distinguishing difference.
Example"he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
BroaderdifferenceThe quality of being unlike or dissimilar
Spanishdiferencia, distinción
Catalandiferència, distinció
Verbshave the distinctionbe distinguished from others of a similar type by virtue of a notable characteristic
English > distinction: 4 senses > noun 4, communication
MeaningAn honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority.
Example"she graduated with the highest distinction"
Broaderaward, accolade, honor, honour, laurelsA tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
Spanishdistinción
Catalandistinció

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