undistinguished

adjective

un·​dis·​tin·​guished ˌən-di-ˈstiŋ-(g)wisht How to pronounce undistinguished (audio)
: 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 For the most part, though, his record in getting laws enacted is undistinguished. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 From these undistinguished origins arose Garner the gourmand. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2023 Unlike Hawk, who aspires to climb the ranks and cap a respectable if undistinguished career with a luxurious posting abroad, Tim is yet another young idealist who’s come to D.C. to make a difference. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2023 And the Judases, who had canned Joe Lombardi after a few undistinguished seasons, immediately snapped up Moore. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 Díaz, 32, signed with Colorado in 2020 after five undistinguished seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 12 July 2023 Previous stints — as a window washer, clerk, and carpenter — were somewhat undistinguished, according to work records. Annalisa Quinn, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2023 Between the layers of influences and his pillaging of his past successes, however, this Pinocchio makes for uncharacteristically undistinguished work from a filmmaker hailed for rejuvenating pop-culture antiques through his own idiosyncratic imagination. Charles Bramesco, Chron, 18 Nov. 2022 After that, the work is generally agreed to have become indistinct and undistinguished. Kathryn Hughes, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undistinguished was in 1600

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“Undistinguished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undistinguished. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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