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

transitive verb

: to distinguish by contrasting qualities

Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contradistinguish was in 1622

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“Contradistinguish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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