Distinction and difference may both refer to perceivable dissimilarities and, in this meaning, may be used interchangeably: There is a distinction
) between the two.
Distinction, however, usually suggests the perception of dissimilarity, as the result of analysis and discrimination: a carefully made distinction between two treatments of the same theme;
whereas difference refers only to the condition of being dissimilar: the difference between Gothic and Roman architecture.
“A distinction without a difference” is a way of referring to an artificial or false discrimination. 7.