social phenomenon whereby members of one social group differentiate themselves intentionally or unintentionally from members of other social groups

In sociology, distinction is a social phenomenon in which different values are assigned to different people.


  • This distinguished corruption will teach the distinguished person that he exists only for the distinguished, that he is to live only in the alliance of their circles, that he must not exist for other people, just as they must not exist for him.
  • The distinguished person ... may very well use an exaggerated courtesy toward the more lowly, but he must never associate with them as equals, since that would express that he was—human, but he is—distinguished.

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