- distinction by opposition or contrast: plants and animals in contradistinction to humans.
Origin of contradistinction
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Examples from the Web for contradistinction
The doctrine that everything is God, in contradistinction to the doctrine that God is everything.The Devil's Dictionary
Osiris is the god of good, in contradistinction to Set, the god of evil.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
One with double faces; top-mauls in contradistinction to pin-mauls.
Those which lie up rivers; a term in contradistinction to out-ports.
The receding or running out of the sea, in contradistinction to flood.
- a distinction made by contrasting different qualities
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Word Origin and History for contradistinction
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