distinction

noun
1 clear difference
ADJECTIVE
critical, crucial, important, key, main, major, vital
basic, essential, fundamental
clear, clear-cut, obvious, real, rigid, sharp, strong
fine, subtle

It was a subtle distinction but a very important one.

broad, general
simple
logical
meaningful, significant, useful, valid
arbitrary, artificial, false, meaningless
absolute

Is there always an absolute distinction between right and wrong?

conventional, old, traditional

the conventional distinction between pure and applied science

categorical, conceptual, formal, qualitative, semantic, theoretical
legal, moral
class, cultural, gender, racial, social
VERB + DISTINCTION
draw, make

She draws an important distinction between the different kinds of illness.

note, recognize, see, understand

We can see a sharp distinction between ambition and greed.

blur, collapse, erase (esp. AmE), obscure

The distinction between amateur and professional players is being blurred.

DISTINCTION + VERB
lie

Cultural distinctions lie at the heart of these issues.

exist

No legal distinction existed between cities and other corporations.

PREPOSITION
without distinction

All groups are entitled to this money without distinction (= without a difference being made between them).

distinction between
distinction of

a society without distinctions of class and privilege

2 excellence/fame
ADJECTIVE
considerable, great
dubious
rare
unique
academic, intellectual, professional, social

Election to the NAE is an indication of professional distinction.

VERB + DISTINCTION
have

He has the dubious distinction of being the world's most famous gangster.

achieve, earn

She achieved distinction in several fields of scholarship.

DISTINCTION + VERB
belong

New York does not have the nation's oldest subway system; that distinction belongs to Boston.

PREPOSITION
of distinction

She is a historian of great distinction.

with distinction

He served with distinction in the First World War.


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