Distinction to Distress
(Dis*tinc"tion) n. [L. distinctio: cf. F. distinction.]
1. A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division. [Obs.]
The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known.Dryden.
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.
To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite.Hooker.
3. That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as,
the distinction between real and apparent good.
The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter.Locke.
4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.
Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall.Dryden.
5. Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction.
Your country's own means of distinction and defense.D. Webster.
Syn. Difference; variation, variety; contrast; diversity; contrariety; disagreement; discrimination; preference; superiority; rank; note; eminence.
(Dis*tinc"tive) a. [Cf. F. distinctif.]
1. Marking or expressing distinction or difference; distinguishing; characteristic; peculiar.
The distinctive character and institutions of New England.Bancroft.
2. Having the power to distinguish and discern; discriminating. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Dis*tinc"tive*ly), adv. With distinction; plainly.
(Dis*tinc"tive*ness), n. State of being distinctive.
1. With distinctness; not confusedly; without the blending of one part or thing another; clearly; plainly; as, to
2. With meaning; significantly. [Obs.]
Thou dost snore distinctly;Shak.
There's meaning in thy snores.
Syn. Separately; clearly; plainly; obviously.
1. The quality or state of being distinct; a separation or difference that prevents confusion of parts or
The soul's . . . distinctness from the body.Cudworth.
2. Nice discrimination; hence, clearness; precision; as, he stated his arguments with great distinctness.