V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the division of something into separate and identifiable parts

Synonyms: delineation, differentiation, distinction, separation, enclosure, limit, boundary

Antonyms: connection, union, joining

Tips: Demarcation is of Germanic origin; it is related to the Old High German word marha, "boundary." A demarcation is different from a division--more than just dividing things from each other, it implies a sense of separating them in order to distinguish between them.

Usage Examples:

A clear demarcation must be drawn between the tasks of the workers and the responsibilities of the managers. (distinction, differentiation)

The electoral board is responsible for the demarcation of municipal districts. (delineation)

Even though the girls had to share a room, they placed a line of demarcation down the center of the floor to separate their individual areas. (boundary, separation)

The red carpet is a blatant demarcation between the celebrities and the "nobodies." (distinction, differentiation)

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