"Clive has had a fantastic and distinguished career so we listen to what he has to say," he said.
The practice, whatever Child Protective Services may think of it, enjoys a distinguished pedigree.
Stephen Eric Bronner is a distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
Promotion has been spotty for officers who distinguished themselves by their imagination in either war.
She struck back at the “professional” historians more than once over a long and distinguished career.
The manner of a painter is in nothing so distinguished as in his touch.
Doesn't the baron look just too distinguished beside Mr. Higbee?
She felt very shy of these companies of distinguished men and women.
They gave him a title which distinguished him from the others.
Cairo and Tripoli were also distinguished for their libraries.
c.1600, "separate," past participle adjective from distinguish. Sense of "famous, celebrated," recorded from 1714; meaning "having an air of distinction" is from 1748.
1560s, from Middle French distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, or directly from Latin distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -stinguere "to prick" (see extinguish, and cf. Latin instinguere "to incite, impel").
The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of Old French -iss-, ultimately from Latin inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing. The earlier form of the verb was distinguen (mid-14c.).