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There was, he contended, some diversion and diversity in card-playing.

It was Burke who offered a diversion, a crude interruption after his own fashion.

To gain a diversion, he reverted to his familiar bullying tactics.

The diversion occurred at the moment of the lion's greatest tension.

Dica Petit now returned, and this caused a diversion in the waiting-room.

It was at this time that a diversion came to the spectators.

At the moment of the diversion, every one of them had gone for his sun-tube.

"Yes, I've brought it; we'll settle now," Rougon replied, glad of this diversion.

Their reception was cordial; Dorothy showed that she was glad of the diversion.

This causes a diversion in the flow of the stream, and we get another chance.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "diverse condition;" c.1600 "act of diverting," from Middle French diversion, from Late Latin diversionem (nominative diversio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin divertere (see divert).

Sense of "amusement, entertainment" is first recorded 1640s. Hence, divertimento (1823), from the Italian form; originally "a musical composition designed primarily for entertainment."

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