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From Latin distinguo (I distinguish).


distinguo (plural distinguos)

  1. A distinction.
    • 1948, CS Lewis, ‘Notes on the Way’:
      We are told that the lady was silenced: yet it could be maintained that Jane Austen has not allowed Bingley to put forward the full strength of his position. He ought to have replied with a distinguo.




  1. first-person singular indicative present of distinguere




From dis- +‎ stinguō.



distinguō (present infinitive distinguere, perfect active distinxī, supine distinctum); third conjugation

  1. I distinguish, separate, divide or part
    • 426 CE, Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, City of God 15.8
      Sed pertinuit ad Deum, quo ista inspirante conscripta sunt, has duas societates suis diuersis generationibus primitus digerere atque distinguere []
      But it suited the purpose of God, by whose inspiration these histories were composed, to arrange and distinguish from the first these two societies in their several generations []
  2. I adorn or decorate


   Conjugation of distinguo (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present distinguō distinguis distinguit distinguimus distinguitis distinguunt
imperfect distinguēbam distinguēbās distinguēbat distinguēbāmus distinguēbātis distinguēbant
future distinguam distinguēs distinguet distinguēmus distinguētis distinguent
perfect distinxī distinxistī distinxit distinximus distinxistis distinxērunt, distinxēre
pluperfect distinxeram distinxerās distinxerat distinxerāmus distinxerātis distinxerant
future perfect distinxerō distinxeris distinxerit distinxerimus distinxeritis distinxerint
passive present distinguor distingueris, distinguere distinguitur distinguimur distinguiminī distinguuntur
imperfect distinguēbar distinguēbāris, distinguēbāre distinguēbātur distinguēbāmur distinguēbāminī distinguēbantur
future distinguar distinguēris, distinguēre distinguētur distinguēmur distinguēminī distinguentur
perfect distinctus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect distinctus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect distinctus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present distinguam distinguās distinguat distinguāmus distinguātis distinguant
imperfect distinguerem distinguerēs distingueret distinguerēmus distinguerētis distinguerent
perfect distinxerim distinxerīs distinxerit distinxerīmus distinxerītis distinxerint
pluperfect distinxissem distinxissēs distinxisset distinxissēmus distinxissētis distinxissent
passive present distinguar distinguāris, distinguāre distinguātur distinguāmur distinguāminī distinguantur
imperfect distinguerer distinguerēris, distinguerēre distinguerētur distinguerēmur distinguerēminī distinguerentur
perfect distinctus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect distinctus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present distingue distinguite
future distinguitō distinguitō distinguitōte distinguuntō
passive present distinguere distinguiminī
future distinguitor distinguitor distinguuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives distinguere distinxisse distinctūrus esse distinguī distinctus esse distinctum īrī
participles distinguēns distinctūrus distinctus distinguendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
distinguere distinguendī distinguendō distinguendum distinctum distinctū



  • distinguo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • distinguo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • distinguo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to furnish a book with notes, additional extracts, marks of punctuation: librum annotare, interpolare, distinguere