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difference (the ordinary sense is freq.; in Sonn. cv. 8 app. a ref. to the use in logic=differentia, the attribute by which a species is distinguished from all other species of the same genus)
1. diversity of opinion, disagreement, dispute Mer.V. IV. i. 171; “at ,” at variance, in disagreement Cor. V. iii. 201: “Vexed . . . with passions of some difference” (=conflicting emotions) Cæs. I. ii. 40.
2. characteristic or distinguishing feature Ham. V. ii. 113 “full of most excellent differences.”
3. (heraldic term) alteration or addition to a coat of arms, to distinguish a younger or lateral branch of a family; fig. Ado I. i. 70, Ham. IV. v. 182*.
4. “make difference,” discriminate Wiv. II. i. 57.
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