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distinction

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1 exceptionally high quality
  • a shop selling native handicrafts of distinction

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2 a quality that gives something special worth
  • has the distinction of being the oldest house in the city

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3 public acknowledgment or admiration for an achievement
  • I did all of the work, and the other guy got all the distinction

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4 the fact or state of being above others in rank or importance
  • a number of physicians of national distinction serve on the staff of the teaching hospital

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5 something given in recognition of achievement
  • won a number of distinctions in her long career as an actress

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7 the state of being kept distinct
  • the distinction between liberty and license is often violated in today's freewheeling society

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The first known use of distinction was in the 13th century

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“Distinction.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/distinction. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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