contradistinguish

[ kon-truh-di-sting-gwish ]
/ ˌkɒn trə dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities.

Nearby words

  1. contradiction in terms,
  2. contradictious,
  3. contradictive,
  4. contradictory,
  5. contradistinction,
  6. contrafactual,
  7. contrafissura,
  8. contraflow,
  9. contragestive,
  10. contrail

Origin of contradistinguish

First recorded in 1615–25; contra-1 + distinguish

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British Dictionary definitions for contradistinguish

contradistinguish

/ (ˌkɒntrədɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ) /

verb

(tr) to differentiate by means of contrasting or opposing qualities
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