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Old maids are quoted as thinking that it distracts the game.

I forgot that I am bound by a solemn promise, and this is the evil which distracts me.

The best that can be said of the stoning habit is that it distracts attention from ourselves.

This accompaniment pleases me, though it distracts me a little.

It is the snake's nature of the girl which distracts him; she is in his blood.

No glare, or glitter, or display then distracts our spirits.

Oh, Don Vincentio, who distracts every body with his skill in music.

The brightness of the windows, fine though the glass is, distracts.

It is a work that distracts and dissipates, and leads to relaxation of discipline.

Is it the sight of their little white caps that so distracts the celebrant?

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.