Dis*trac"tion (?), n. [L. distractio: cf. F. distraction.]
The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
To create distractions among us.
That which diverts attention; a diversion.
A diversity of direction; detachment.
His power went out in such distractions as
Beguiled all species.
State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity.
That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
1 Cor. vii. 3.
Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions.
Never was known a night of such distraction.
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.
Derangement of the mind; madness.
Syn. -- Perplexity; confusion; disturbance; disorder; dissension; tumult; derangement; madness; raving; franticness; furiousness.
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