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Definition of Distinction


  1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division.
  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.
  3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good.
  4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.
  5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction.

Distinction Quotations

No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
Charles Kendall Adams

I make a distinction between manners and etiquette - manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures.
Judith Martin

When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.

To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.
Isaac Newton

Along the way, let's never forget that once we were children and that we were all playing together without distinction of skin color, society level, or where people come from. Adults need to remember to play and to be more childlike in our behavior. We've forgotten what that childlike experience was like.
Guy Laliberte
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Distinction Translations

distinction in Dutch is onderscheiding
distinction in French is distinction
distinction in German is Unterscheidung {f}, Auszeichnung {f}
distinction in Italian is distinzione
distinction in Latin is ornamentum
distinction in Norwegian is utmerkelse, forskjell
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