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English noun: distinction

1. distinction (cognition) a discrimination between things as different and distinct

SamplesIt is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation.


Broader (hypernym)discrimination, secernment

Narrower (hyponym)contradistinction, contrast, demarcation, dividing line, hairsplitting, line, word-splitting

2. distinction (state) high status importance owing to marked superiority

SamplesA scholar of great eminence.

Synonymseminence, note, preeminence

Broader (hypernym)high status

Narrower (hyponym)king

3. distinction (attribute) a distinguishing quality

SamplesIt has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town.

Broader (hypernym)quality

4. distinction (attribute) a distinguishing difference

SamplesHe learned the distinction between gold and lead.

Broader (hypernym)difference

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