distinction

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. difference, separateness, variation; discrimination; dignity, refinement, elegance; eminence, importance, repute. See taste, fashion, speciality.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act or quality of noticing differences]
Syn. differentiation, separation, discrimination, discretion, sharpness, discreteness, discernment, perception, sensitivity, penetration, acuteness, analysis, clearness, judgment, refinement, estimation, nicety, tact, diagnosis, marking out, demarcation; see also acumen , definition 2 .
Ant. dullness*, indifference, obtuseness.
2. [A difference used for distinction, sense 1]
Syn. distinctive feature, particular, qualification, contrast; see characteristic , detail 1 , difference 2 .
3. [A mark of personal achievement]
Syn. eminence, repute, renown, prominence; see fame 1 .
4. [Excellence]
Syn. superiority, note, flair, style; see perfection 3 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. differentiation discrimination, distinguishment, difference, peculiarity, feature, mark, characteristic, earmark.
2. recognition honor, eminence, achievement, credit, prominence, repute, merit, prestige, renown, consequence.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act or an instance of distinguishing: differentiation, discrimination, separation. See SAME. 2. The condition of being unlike or dissimilar: difference, discrepance, discrepancy, disparity, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, divarication, divergence, divergency, unlikeness. See SAME. 3. A position of exalted widely recognized importance: eminence, eminency, fame, glory, illustriousness, luster, mark, notability, note, preeminence, prestige, prominence, prominency, renown. See IMPORTANT, KNOWLEDGE, RESPECT. 4. A special feature or quality that confers superiority: beauty, excellence, merit, perfection, virtue. See GOOD. 5. Recognition of achievement or superiority or a sign of this: accolade, honor, kudos, laurel (often used in plural). See RESPECT.

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