Origin of distinction
Examples from the Web for distinction
Although Southern did not automatically equal neo-Confederate, at times the distinction could easily get lost.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The distinction between over-policing and non-responsiveness was alive and well in Bed-Stuy.
That is a distinction with a sociological difference—for many, an uncomfortable one to consider.
But this may be a distinction without much of a difference—especially since Scalise admitted speaking before EURO.
There is, in fact, a distinction in the level of protection.
One quarrelsPg 259 equally with the points of resemblance and of distinction.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II|Thomas Moore
How early this distinction was adopted I have not been able to discover.Dissertation on Slavery|St. George Tucker.
In all these three forms of action there is much to stir men to love of distinction.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
While they discussed the distinction between the words, a beautiful girl had all at once stood before them.We Two|Edna Lyall
Your foreign laborer is quick to appreciate such a distinction and quick to respond to it.One Way Out|William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for distinction
Word Origin and History for distinction
c.1200, "one of the parts into which something is divided;" mid-14c. as "action of distinguishing," from Old French distinction and directly from Latin distinctionem (nominative distinctio) "separation, distinction, discrimination," noun of action from past participle stem of distinguere (see distinguish). Meaning "distinctive nature or character" is late 14c. Meaning "excellence or eminence" (what distinguishes from others) is first recorded 1690s.