verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of distinguish
Antonyms for distinguish
Examples from the Web for undistinguishable
Historical Examples of undistinguishable
He felt the foot and found it cold; the pulse, if any, was so feeble as to be undistinguishable.The Downfall
"It would make us undistinguishable from the goyim," answered Bensef.Rabbi and Priest
The thrills of joy and thrills of pain are undistinguishable.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
Even the tailor is undistinguishable in the mass of his “fellow-citizens.”The Quadroon
Let them boil in the soup till they are undistinguishable, and the soup very thick.Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book
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.).