Distraction

Dis*trac"tion

(?), n. [L. distractio: cf. F. distraction.] 1. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
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To create distractions among us.
Bp. Burnet.
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2. That which diverts attention; a diversion. "Domestic distractions." G. Eliot.
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3. A diversity of direction; detachment. [Obs.]
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His power went out in such distractions as
Beguiled all species.
Shak.
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4. State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity.
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That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
1 Cor. vii. 35.
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5. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions.
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Never was known a night of such distraction.
Dryden.
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6. Agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair.
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The distraction of the children, who saw both their parents together, would have melted the hardest heart.
Tatler.
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7. Derangement of the mind; madness. Atterbury.

Syn. -- Perplexity; confusion; disturbance; disorder; dissension; tumult; derangement; madness; raving; franticness; furiousness.
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