It is a distinguishing characteristic of the breed that religious fanatics have a particularly lurid sexual imagination.
Without commanding, distinguishing words from their mouths, the narrative can be wholly invented for Kate and Letizia.
“Nonpartisanship is important to me,” he said, distinguishing his own views from the official line of the day.
And garnering a great one depends on an ability to specialize, distinguishing yourself from the pack.
Like McCarthy, Cruz seems incapable of distinguishing between flavors of liberalism.
The aged face, the sunken, toothless mouth are his distinguishing marks.
The station of the working seamen, as distinguishing them from the officers.
But in her eclipses the distinguishing line is always convex.
How was it possible not to be attracted by such a distinguishing appellation?
Cockle hat and staff were distinguishing marks of a pilgrim.
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.).