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distinguished

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of distinguished

  1. 1 having or showing a formal and serious or reserved manner heads turned as the well-dressed, distinguished couple strode through the hotel lobby Synonyms of distinguished august, distingué, dignified, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, statelyWords Related to distinguished decorous, proper, seemly; grave, grim, po-faced [British], sober, somber (or sombre); aristocratic, elegant, elevated, handsome, lordly, magisterial, majestic, nobleNear Antonyms of distinguished coarse, crass, crude, improper, indecent, uncouth, unseemly, vulgarAntonyms of distinguished flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, silly, undignified

  2. 2 standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement a distinguished astronomer who is widely respected in the field Synonyms of distinguished astral, bright, eminent, illustrious, luminous, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious, redoubtable, signal, star, superiorWords Related to distinguished celebrated, exalted, famed, famous, glorious, honored, renowned, reputable; infamous, notorious; dominant, paramount, predominantNear Antonyms of distinguished insignificant, minor, unimportant; average, inferior, mediocre; obscure, uncelebrated, unsung

Synonym Discussion of distinguished

famous, renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious, distinguished, eminent, illustrious mean known far and wide. famous implies little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known.
    • a famous actress
renowned implies more glory and acclamation.
    • one of the most renowned figures in sports history
celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print.
    • the most celebrated beauty of her day
noted suggests well-deserved public attention.
    • the noted mystery writer
notorious frequently adds to famous an implication of questionableness or evil.
    • a notorious gangster
distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority.
    • a distinguished scientist who won the Nobel Prize
eminent implies even greater prominence for outstanding quality or character.
    • the country's most eminent writers
illustrious stresses enduring honor and glory attached to a deed or person.
    • illustrious war heroes


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