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contradistinction n : a distinction drawn on the basis of contrast; "sculpture in contradistinction to painting"

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contra- + distinction


  1. Distinction by contrast; the displaying of something, A, to show what B is not.
    We used hamburgers and soda in contradistinction to healthy food.
    Pantheism is the doctrine that everything is God, in contradistinction to the doctrine that God is everything.

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distinction by contrast
  • Norwegian: kontradistinksjon

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