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Distraction

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An excellent example of how greatly the meaning of words may change. To “distract” means now, to harass, to perplex; and “distraction” confusion of mind from a great multiplicity of duties; but in French to “distract” means to divert the mind, and “distraction” means recreation or amusement (Latin, dis - traho). (See Slave.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Disney Professor
Disorder
Dispensation
Dispute
Dissolute
Distaff
Distaffina
Distemper
Distinguished Member of the Humane Society
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Distrait (French)
Dithyrambic
Dittany
Ditto
Dittoes (A suit of)
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Divers Colours [in garments]
Divert
Dives
Divide