(?), n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.] 1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. [Obs.]
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The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known.
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2. The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination.
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To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite.
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3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good.
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The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter.
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4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.
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Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall.
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5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction.
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Your country's own means of distinction and defense.
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Syn. -- Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity; contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference; superiority; rank; note; eminence.
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