distinction (n.)
act of distinguishing, discrimination, differentiation
Cym V.v.385[Cymbeline to all] circumstantial branches, which / Distinction should be rich in [i.e. in each point of detail there will be many more points to be distinguished]
TC I.iii.27[Agamemnon to all] Distinction ... winnows the light away
TC III.ii.25[Troilus alone, of being with Cressida] I do fear besides / That I shall lose distinction in my joys
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