contradistinction love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Distinction by contrasting or opposing qualities.

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  • n. Distinction by contrast; the displaying of something, A, to show what B is not.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Distinction by contrast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Distinction by opposite qualities; direct contrast: generally preceded by in and followed by to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast


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contra- + distinction



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  • This word sounds like a P.C. way to say contradiction.

    July 22, 2008

  • PANTHEISM, n. The doctrine that everything is God, in contradistinction to the doctrine that God is everything.

    Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

    October 15, 2007