noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially mental confusion <
driven to distraction
2. something that distracts; especially amusement <
a harmless distraction
distractive adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Distraction — • Distraction (Lat. distrahere, to draw away, hence to distract) is here considered in so far as it is wont to happen in time of prayer and in administering the sacraments Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Distraction     Distr …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Distraction — Dis*trac tion, n. [L. distractio: cf. F. distraction.] 1. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation. [1913 Webster] To create distractions among us. Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 2. That which diverts attention; a diversion. Domestic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distraction — DISTRACTION. s. f. Démembrement, séparation d une partie d avec son tout. On a demandé distraction de cette Terre. On a fait distraction du Fief. En ce sens il ne se dit qu en parlant d affaires.Distraction, signifie aussi L inapplication d une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • distraction — Distraction. s. f. v. Demembrement d une partie d avec son tout. On a demandé distraction de cette terre. on a fait distraction de fief. En ce sens il ne se dit qu en parlant d affaires. Distraction, signifie aussi, L inapplication d une personne …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • distraction — mid 15c., the drawing away of the mind, from L. distractionem (nom. distractio) a pulling apart, separating, noun of action from pp. stem of distrahere (see DISTRACT (Cf. distract)). Meaning mental disturbance (in driven to distraction, etc.) is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Distraction — Distraction, lat. deutsch, Zerstreuung, Unachtsamkeit; Veräußerung; Distractio pignoris, Pfandveräußerung. Distrahiren, zerstreuen, achtlos machen, veräußern …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • distraction — index confusion (ambiguity), confusion (turmoil), preoccupation, turmoil Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • distraction — [n] having one’s attention drawn away aberration, abstraction, agitation, amusement, beguilement, bewilderment, commotion, complication, confusion, disorder, dissipation, disturbance, diversion, divertissement, engrossment, entertainment, frenzy …   New thesaurus

  • distraction — Distraction, Distractio, Auocatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • distraction — ► NOUN 1) a thing that diverts attention. 2) a thing offering entertainment. 3) mental agitation …   English terms dictionary

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