contradistinguish

verb
con·​tra·​dis·​tin·​guish | \ ˌkän-trə-di-ˈstiŋ-gwish How to pronounce contradistinguish (audio) \
contradistinguished; contradistinguishing; contradistinguishes

Definition of contradistinguish

transitive verb

: to distinguish by contrasting qualities

First Known Use of contradistinguish

1622, in the meaning defined above

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