un·​dis·​tin·​guished | \ ˌən-di-ˈstiŋ-(g)wisht How to pronounce undistinguished (audio) \

Definition of undistinguished

: not distinguished: such as
a : not marked by eminence, distinction, or quality a bland, undistinguished pop album an undistinguished career
b : not perceived as distinct : not differentiated The disease [syphilis] was first noticed in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century, though it may have existed before then undistinguished from leprosy.— Wayne Biddle

Examples of undistinguished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story opens on the campus of an undistinguished college in Norfolk, where the narrator, Jessica Walker, is a student with a singular interest in Christie’s mysteries. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Murders Most Foul," 6 Mar. 2020 But taken together, these marvelous, absorbing and often hilarious books make our weary universe seem pale and undistinguished by comparison. Scott Bradfield, Washington Post, "Stanislaw Lem has finally gotten the translations his genius deserves," 3 Mar. 2020 The building on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood is undistinguished. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what coronavirus testing for a very sick patient looks like, from swab to result," 1 Apr. 2020 If the production and Ms. Balbuena’s singing and rapping are consistently impressive, the lyrics are undistinguished. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Modus Vivendi’ by 070 Shake Review: A Newcomer’s Song Cycle About Heartbreak," 15 Jan. 2020 And despite women’s big gains in the 2018 election, the Massachusetts Legislature is still 71.5 percent male — ranking it an undistinguished 27th among states for female representation. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts isn’t always as progressive as it seems. Our female leaders are fighting to change that - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 The Court found the reason for the disparity in the personal ratings unclear, speculating that undistinguished recommendations from high schools may have led admissions officers to give lower ratings. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Many Sins of College Admissions," 7 Oct. 2019 Camp overlooked Healey simply because Healey was an undistinguished 190-pound end at Dartmouth. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 30 Ed Healey," 7 Aug. 2019 Political messages from employers to employees have a long and undistinguished history. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Shell Oil allegedly coerced its workers to attend a Trump rally. Blame the Supreme Court," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of undistinguished

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Undistinguished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undistinguished. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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