adjective Date: 1846 tending to draw attention away from the principal concern ; being a diversion

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  • diversionary — adj. likely or designed to confuse or deceive; of tactics. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diversionary — [də vʉr′zhəner΄ē, də vʉr′shəner΄ē, dī vʉr′zhəner΄ē, dī vʉr′shəner΄ē] adj. 1. having the nature of a diversion 2. Mil. serving to distract the enemy from the main point of attack [diversionary tactics] …   English World dictionary

  • diversionary — [[t]daɪvɜ͟ː(r)ʃənri, AM dɪvɜ͟ːrʒəneri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A diversionary activity is one intended to attract people s attention away from something which you do not want them to think about, know about, or deal with. It s thought the fires were… …   English dictionary

  • diversionary — /di verr zheuh ner ee, sheuh , duy /, adj. tending to divert or distract the attention: diversionary tactics of the guerrilla fighters. [1840 50; DIVERSION + ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • diversionary — adj. Diversionary is used with these nouns: ↑tactic …   Collocations dictionary

  • diversionary — di|ver|sion|a|ry [daıˈvə:ʃənəri, dı US ˈvə:rʒəneri] adj written intended to take someone s attention away from something ▪ Most children are skilled in diversionary tactics …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • diversionary — diversion ► NOUN 1) an instance of diverting. 2) Brit. an alternative route for use when the usual road is closed. 3) something intended to distract attention. 4) a recreation or pastime. DERIVATIVES diversionary adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • diversionary — adjective That serves as a diversion …   Wiktionary

  • diversionary — di|ver|sion|ar|y [ dı vɜrʒn,eri, daı vɜrʒn,eri ] adjective intended to take attention away from something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • diversionary — di ver·sion·ar·y || ʃnÉ™rɪ adj. tending to distract, serving to divert …   English contemporary dictionary

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