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.

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.

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.

4. Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.

Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall.

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.

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.

(Dis*tinct"ly) adv.

1. With distinctness; not confusedly; without the blending of one part or thing another; clearly; plainly; as, to see distinctly.

2. With meaning; significantly. [Obs.]

Thou dost snore distinctly;
There's meaning in thy snores.

Syn. — Separately; clearly; plainly; obviously.

(Dis*tinct"ness), n.

1. The quality or state of being distinct; a separation or difference that prevents confusion of parts or things.

The soul's . . . distinctness from the body.

2. Nice discrimination; hence, clearness; precision; as, he stated his arguments with great distinctness.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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