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distinction

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of distinction

  1. 1 exceptionally high quality <a shop selling native handicrafts of distinction> Synonyms choiceness, excellence, excellency, first-rateness, greatness, perfection, preeminence, primeness, superbness, superiority, supremacyRelated Words faultlessness, flawlessness, impeccability, perfectness; goodness, value, worth; consequence, importance, notabilityNear Antonyms averageness, badness, crumminess, inferiority, mediocrity, ordinariness, worthlessness

  2. 2 a quality that gives something special worth <has the distinction of being the oldest house in the city> Synonyms cardinal virtue, excellence, excellency, grace, merit, value, virtueRelated Words advantage, edge, plus, superiorityNear Antonyms blemish, defect, failing, fault, flaw; drawback, minus, negativeAntonyms deficiency, demerit, disvalue

  3. 3 public acknowledgment or admiration for an achievement <I did all of the work, and the other guy got all the distinction> Synonyms acclaim, accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sunRelated Words celebrity, fame, renown, repute; compliment, encomium, eulogy, panegyric, toast, tribute; acclamation, ovation, plaudit, praise, rave, rhapsody; citation, commendation, kudo, note, recommendation; elevation, enshrinement, enthronement, exaltation, glorification

  4. 4 the fact or state of being above others in rank or importance <a number of physicians of national distinction serve on the staff of the teaching hospital> Synonyms eminence, dominance, noteworthiness, paramountcy, preeminence, preponderance, preponderancy, prepotency, prestigiousness, primacy, superiority, supremacy, transcendenceRelated Words celebrity, fame, famousness, glory, honor, kudos, renown, reputation, repute; megastardom, stardom, superstardom; greatness, illustriousness, nobleness, notableness; ascendance (also ascendence), ascendancy (also ascendency), authority, domination, dominion; influence, power, prestige, weight; infamy, notorietyNear Antonyms insignificance; inferiority, mediocrity; obscureness, obscurity

  5. 5 something given in recognition of achievement <won a number of distinctions in her long career as an actress> Synonyms accolade, blue ribbon, decoration, award, honor, kudo, plume, premium, prizeRelated Words badge, crown, cup, laurel, medal, order, plaque, plate, ribbon, trophy; applause, bravo, encomium, eulogy, hallelujah, homage, paean, panegyric, plaudit, tribute; citation, commendation, compliment, honorable mention

  6. 6 the quality or state of being different <the distinction between the two photographic prints escapes me> Synonyms contrast, disagreement, discrepancy, disparateness, disparity, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, distance, difference, distinctiveness, distinctness, diverseness, diversity, otherness, unlikenessRelated Words deviance, divergence; differentiability, discriminability, distinguishability; change, modification, variation; conflict, discord, discordance, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, disunity, friction, strife; variability, variance; anomalousness, dichotomy, incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, nonconformity; disproportion, imbalance, inequality, nonequivalenceNear Antonyms identicalness, identity; accordance, agreement, conformity, congruity, correspondence, parallelism, similitude; equality, equivalence, equivalency; homogeneity, homogeneousness, uniformityAntonyms alikeness, analogousness, analogy, community, likeness, resemblance, sameness, similarity

  7. 7 the state of being kept distinct <the distinction between liberty and license is often violated in today's freewheeling society> Synonyms demarcation, discreteness, discrimination, separationRelated Words differentiation; isolation, segregationNear Antonyms blurring, confusion





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