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contradistinguish

[kon-truh-di-sting-gwish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to distinguish by contrasting opposite qualities.
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Origin of contradistinguish

First recorded in 1615–25; contra-1 + distinguish
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British Dictionary definitions for contradistinguish

contradistinguish

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