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Distinguishing characteristic   /dɪstˈɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ kˌɛrəktərˈɪstɪk/   Listen
Distinguishing characteristic

An odd or unusual characteristic.  Synonyms: distinctive feature, peculiarity.

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"Distinguishing characteristic" Quotes from Famous Books

... combined. In fact, much of the subsequent Boer success in defence resulted from the fact that, acting on the inside of an arc, with the advantage of interior—shorter—lines, they also moved over the latter with greater speed, owing to their distinguishing characteristic as mounted troops. They had particular facilities, in {p.189} a word, for accumulating successful numbers at a threatened point of a stationary defence, which the British would not have had in an ...
— Story of the War in South Africa - 1899-1900 • Alfred T. Mahan

... still it would only have been a natural quality, without any more right to the name of virtue than all the other beautiful instincts he had received from Heaven; but, when ceasing to be purely natural, it became a distinguishing characteristic of the author, then it went far beyond these limits. In his writings it raised him above all calculations of interest, made him despise all considerations of ambition or of ease, exposed him to terrible ...
— My Recollections of Lord Byron • Teresa Guiccioli

Words linked to "Distinguishing characteristic" :   peculiarity, feature, characteristic, calling card

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