What is distinction?

  • (noun): A discrimination between things as different and distinct.
    Example: "It is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
    Synonyms: differentiation
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "distinction":

  • (noun): A distinguishing quality.
    Example: "It has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"
  • (noun): A distinguishing difference.
    Example: "He learned the distinction between gold and lead"

Famous quotes containing the word distinction:

    There appears to be but two grand master passions or movers in the human mind, namely, love and pride. And what constitutes the beauty or deformity of a man’s character is the choice he makes under which banner he determines to enlist himself. But there is a strong distinction between different degress in the same thing and a mixture of two contraries.
    Sarah Fielding (1710–1768)

    Let those talk of poverty and hard times who will in the towns and cities; cannot the emigrant who can pay his fare to New York or Boston pay five dollars more to get here ... and be as rich as he pleases, where land virtually costs nothing, and houses only the labor of building, and he may begin life as Adam did? If he will still remember the distinction of poor and rich, let him bespeak him a narrower house forthwith.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I want you to consider this distinction as you go forward in life. Being male is not enough; being a man is a right to be earned and an honor to be cherished. I cannot tell you how to earn that right or deserve that honor. . . but I can tell you that the formation of your manhood must be a conscious act governed by the highest vision of the man you want to be.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century)