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Meaning of distinguished by Wiktionary Dictionary



    distinguished ( comparative more distinguished, superlative most distinguished )

    1. celebrated, well-known or eminent because of past achievements; prestigious
      The lecture was attended by many distinguished mathematicians .
    2. Having a dignified appearance or demeanor
      Her father was a distinguished gentleman, albeit a poor one .
    3. ( mathematics ) Specified, noted .
      Let X be a topological space with a distinguished point p .

Explanation of distinguished by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. used of a person's appearance or behavior

    2. his distinguished bearing
    3. ( used of persons ) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation

    4. our distinguished professor

    Definition of distinguished by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Distinguish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distinguished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Distinguishing.] [F. distinguer, L. distinguere, distinctum; di- = dis- + stinguere to quench, extinguish; prob. orig., to prick, and so akin to G. stechen, E. stick, and perh. sting. Cf. Extinguish.]
      1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.

      Not more distinguished by her purple vest,

      Than by the charming features of her face. Dryden.

      Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine. Nares.

      2. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, “to distinguish sounds into high and low”.

      Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth. T. Burnet.

      3. To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate ( anything ) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, “to distinguish the sound of a drum”.

      We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood. Watts.

      Nor more can you distinguish of a man,

      Than of his outward show. Shak.

      4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.

      Who distinguisheth thee? 1 Cor. iv. 7. ( Douay version ).

      5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for.“To distinguish themselves by means never tried before.” Johnson.

      Syn. -- To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize; discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.

    2. Distinguished a.
      1. Marked; special.

      The most distinguished politeness. Mad. D' Arblay.

      2. Separated from others by distinct difference; having, or indicating, superiority; eminent or known; illustrious; -- applied to persons and deeds.

      Syn. -- Marked; noted; famous; conspicuous; celebrated; transcendent; eminent; illustrious; extraordinary; prominent. -- Distinguished, Eminent, Conspicuous, Celebrated, Illustrious. A man is eminent, when he stands high as compared with those around him; conspicuous, when he is so elevated as to be seen and observed; distinguished, when he has something which makes him stand apart from others in the public view; celebrated, when he is widely spoken of with honor and respect; illustrious, when a splendor is thrown around him which confers the highest dignity.