- distinguished conduct medal,
- distinguished flying cross,
- distinguished service cross,
- distinguished service medal,
- distinguished service order,
Origin of distinguishing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of distinguish
Examples from the Web for distinguishing
She also commented on what might be her most distinguishing feature, her pierced nose.Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate|Ben Jacobs|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without commanding, distinguishing words from their mouths, the narrative can be wholly invented for Kate and Letizia.
“I have no respect for Ambassador Chizhov,” Saakashvili said, distinguishing himself from his Ukrainian colleague.Europe, Stunned by Reckless Russia, Mistrusts Feckless Ukrainian Leaders|James Kirchick|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is a distinguishing characteristic of the breed that religious fanatics have a particularly lurid sexual imagination.
The book starts by distinguishing the French—more sober in their fashion choices than the Italians and the English.
They are quick to discriminate the main lines and the distinguishing traits of personality.Literature in the Elementary School|Porter Lander MacClintock
The bark provides a ready means of distinguishing this tree.Forest Trees of Illinois|Fuller George D.
The beauty of the bird is in the throat, which has three strongly contrasted colours, distinguishing it from all other Synallaxes.Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)|P. L. Sclater
I know of no distinguishing feature presented by the coral reefs of the Louisiade compared with those which I have seen elsewhere.Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)|John MacGillivray
Their distinguishing feature was the peculiar substance of which the burner-tips were formed.Gas Burners|Owen Merriman
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for distinguish
1560s, from Middle French distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, or directly from Latin distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -stinguere "to prick" (see extinguish, and cf. Latin instinguere "to incite, impel").
The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of Old French -iss-, ultimately from Latin inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing. The earlier form of the verb was distinguen (mid-14c.).