Distract Dis*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distracted}, old p. p. {Distraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distracting}.] 1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin. [1913 Webster]

A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the eye; to distract the attention. [1913 Webster]

Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of motives or of cares; to confound; to harass. [1913 Webster]

Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to madden; -- most frequently used in the participle, distracted. [1913 Webster]

A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Distraught — Dis*traught , p. p. & a. [OE. distract, distrauht. See {Distract}, a.] 1. Torn asunder; separated. [Obs.] His greedy throat . . . distraught. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Distracted; perplexed. Distraught twixt fear and pity. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distraught — index deranged, non compos mentis Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • distraught — late 14c., alteration (Anglicization) of earlier distract (perhaps by association with other pp. forms in ght, such as caught, bought, brought), mid 14c., pp. of distracten derange the intellect of, drive mad (see DISTRACT (Cf. distract)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • distraught — absentminded, absent, *abstracted, preoccupied Analogous words: distracted, bewildered, nonplused (see PUZZLE vb): muddled, addled, confused (see CONFUSE): agitated, perturbed, discomposed, flustered (see DISCOMPOSE) Antonyms: collected… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distraught — [adj] very upset, worked up addled, agitated, anxious, beside oneself, bothered, concerned, confused, crazed*, crazy, discomposed, distracted, distrait, distressed, flustered, frantic, harassed, hysterical, in a panic, like a chicken with its… …   New thesaurus

  • distraught — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very worried and upset. ORIGIN alteration of obsolete adjective distract, from Latin distractus pulled apart …   English terms dictionary

  • distraught — [di strôt′] adj. [ME, var. of DISTRAIT] 1. extremely troubled; mentally confused; distracted; harassed 2. driven mad; crazed SYN. ABSENT MINDED …   English World dictionary

  • distraught — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, look, seem, sound ▪ She sounded absolutely distraught. ▪ become ▪ leave …   Collocations dictionary

  • distraught — adjective Etymology: Middle English, modification of Latin distractus Date: 14th century 1. agitated with doubt or mental conflict or pain < distraught mourners > 2. mentally deranged ; crazed < as if thou wert distraught and mad with terr …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • distraught — adj. distraught at, over, with * * * [dɪs trɔːt] over with distraught at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • distraught — [[t]dɪ̱strɔ͟ːt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone is distraught, they are so upset and worried that they cannot think clearly. Mr Barker s distraught parents were last night being comforted by relatives. Syn: distressed …   English dictionary

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