verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of distinguish
Antonyms for distinguish
Examples from the Web for distinguishments
Historical Examples of distinguishments
The general is badly frightened, and calls upon me to proclaim his distinguishments and rank.Cabbages and Kings
These distinguishments depend on difference in specific gravity, hardness, solubility in hot acids, and the action of high heat.
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.).