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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTRACTION

But one of them, the distraction of seeing the world, is innocent and beneficial.

The house was quite in a state of distraction for some days.

An elderly spinster; boarders are her distraction as well as a source of income.

Do you object to such a piece of distraction remaining where she is?'

I entreated him to reflect before he drove me to distraction.

They regarded her as a distraction that drew them from their bad dreams.

The greatest good of a State is unity; the greatest evil, discord and distraction.

He was in a state of distraction as to his feelings and yet lucid as to his mind.

I cannot bear to read, and it is a blessing to me to run to the pen for distraction.

But I don't think that in his distraction he is ever monstrous.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "the drawing away of the mind," from Latin distractionem (nominative distractio) "a pulling apart, separating," noun of action from past participle stem of distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600. Meaning "a thing or fact that distracts" is from 1610s.

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