Distraction

Definition of Distraction

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

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