Distinguish between dating and courtship


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.).

Late 16th century: formed irregularly from French distinguer or Latin distinguere, from dis- ‘apart’ + stinguere ‘put out’ (from a base meaning ‘prick’).


Distinguish between dating and courtship

Distinguish between dating and courtship



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