Synonyms for distracted

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If Dr. von Horn were only there, thought the distracted girl.

He himself had been distracted by all those extraordinary narratives.

The two distracted women had not even the money to bury him.

And he felt that he was as distracted, as upset, as himself.

They are not distracted with the fear of evils to come nor the hopes of future good.

If he had no hope of heaven, he was at least distracted that he must lose it.

But she says the mother is distracted because she cannot buy it a grave and a coffin.

That dreadful music had distracted her, that—and something else, her tricked expectation.

Again the distracted man ransacked his papers and shook his portfolio.

The young girl answered "yes" to everything, with a distracted look.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.

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