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distinction

noun  /dɪˈstɪŋk·ʃən/ us  

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.
(Definition of distinction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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