con·​tra·​dis·​tinc·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-di-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce contradistinction (audio) \

Definition of contradistinction

: distinction by means of contrast painting in contradistinction to sculpture

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Other Words from contradistinction

contradistinctive \ ˌkän-​trə-​di-​ˈstiŋ(k)-​tiv How to pronounce contradistinction (audio) \ adjective
contradistinctively adverb

Examples of contradistinction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is in contradistinction to the comic book version, created by writer Peter Hogan and artist Steve Parkhouse. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 6 Feb. 2021 That is in contradistinction to Cambrian fossils, among which are found representatives of all the main animal groups (annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, chordates, cnidarians, echinoderms, molluscs and so on) that are around today. The Economist, 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of contradistinction

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contradistinction was in 1647

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“Contradistinction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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