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distinction

noun  us   /dɪˈstɪŋk·ʃən/

distinction noun (DIFFERENCE)

[C/U] a difference between two similar things: [C] The comment drew/made a false distinction between domestic and foreign affairs, which are really closely related. [U] Martin Luther King, Jr. clearly understood and accepted the distinction between preaching and scholarly criticism.

distinction noun (QUALITY)

[U] the quality of being excellent or special in some way: He was a scientist of great distinction.

distinction noun (HONOR)

[C] honor obtained or given because of excellence: Winning a Guggenheim fellowship carries great distinction.
Translations of “distinction”
in Korean 차이…
in Arabic تَمايُز…
in Portuguese distinção…
in Catalan diferència, distinció…
in Japanese 相違…
in Italian distinzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 區別, 區別,差別,不同…
in Russian различие, известность, почесть…
in Turkish ayrılık, fark, ayrım…
in Chinese (Simplified) 区别, 区别,差别,不同…
in Polish różnica, rozróżnienie, szczególna cecha…
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