Definition of contradistinction in US English:



  • Distinction made by contrasting the different qualities of two things.

    ‘the bacterium is termed “rough” in contradistinction to its ordinary smooth form’
    • ‘So rapacious were some accountant trustees, in contradistinction to legal practitioner trustees, that bankruptcy trusteeships were referred to in parliament and in the press as ‘legalised robbery’.’
    • ‘Every day it advances and delineates the independent attitude of the international working class, in contradistinction to other social classes, to every major political development.’
    • ‘Searle's picture leaves open the possibility of free will, defined here in contradistinction to determinism.’
    • ‘In contradistinction to less reflective celebrants of all things Irish, Kiberd willingly embraces the invented character of contemporary Irish culture.’
    • ‘The principal issue for the mystery plays was the representation of the divine, which conventionally was signified by a burnished gold mask in contradistinction to the blackening of the devil.’
    • ‘It is also the catalyst for an even more bloodcurdling event, in which we realize that David is not the paragon of stability that he sometimes seemed in contradistinction to Katia.’
    • ‘In contradistinction, the other half of the biennial is made up of work from elsewhere in the world.’
    • ‘What this serves to do is reinscribe and produce the identity of the middle-class consumer subject in contradistinction to that of the common working masses.’
    • ‘Importantly, for Robert, in contradistinction to Kant, civil society cannot supplement this abstraction with the relative concreteness and historicity of traditions contractually entered into and upheld.’
    • ‘Thanks partly to Thomas, the concert orchestra became an American specialty, in contradistinction to the pit orchestras of Europe.’
    • ‘The social left had an opportunity to shape the narrative of this event, to show that social progress for women is a defining characteristic in American society, in contradistinction to the societies of the Taliban and Saudi Arabia.’
    • ‘In perfect contradistinction is the tangy, crunchy coleslaw.’
    • ‘All of that, in our submission, strongly supports the position that the word ‘amend’ as used in 1904 was not being used in contradistinction to ‘repeal’.’
    • ‘Their writings, have concentrated mainly on urban women and society, totally ignoring the status of rural women who labor side by side with men in the fields, outside their homes, in contradistinction to the segregated women of the city.’
    • ‘These fabulist authors have gone even further by establishing themselves as an ‘institution’ that is juxtaposing its narrative form in contradistinction to the common banal discourse of society.’
    • ‘In contradistinction, this is a philosophy that ought to be at the core of a democratic society, committed to openness, transparency and accountability.’
    • ‘As a unique political society, self-defined in deliberate contradistinction to Europe and modern Britain, the United States has perennially baffled, perplexed, and annoyed Eurocentrists.’
    • ‘If we remember that capital is thus a term used in contradistinction to land and labor, we at once see that nothing properly included under either one of these terms can be properly classed as capital.’
    • ‘In this way he was a real specialist, in contradistinction to the town specialists who are identified with certain diseases or disasters.’
    • ‘Social history emerged either as a marginal or as an oppositional subdiscipline or approach, in contradistinction from the received type of conventional history.’
    dissimilarity, contrast, distinction, distinctness, differentiation
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