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Synonyms for distraction
dɪˈstræk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distraction(noun)

    mental turmoil

    "he drives me to distraction"

    beguilement, misdirection

  2. distraction(noun)

    an obstacle to attention

    beguilement, misdirection

  3. beguilement, distraction(noun)

    an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations

    beguilement, bewitchery, misdirection, animal magnetism

  4. distraction, misdirection(noun)

    the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something

    "conjurers are experts at misdirection"

    beguilement, misdirection, mismanagement

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distraction

    Perplexity (Latin per, through, and plecto, plait) is the drawing or turning of the thoughts or faculties by turns in different directions or toward contrasted or contradictory conclusions; confusion (Latin confusus, from confundo, pour together) is a state in which the mental faculties are, as it were, thrown into chaos, so that the clear and distinct action of the different powers, as of perception, memory, reason, and will is lost; bewilderment is akin to confusion, but is less overwhelming, and more readily recovered from; perplexity, accordingly, has not the unsettling of the faculties implied in confusion, nor the overwhelming of the faculties implied in amazement or astonishment; it is not the magnitude of the things to be known, but the want of full and definite knowledge, that causes perplexity. The dividing of a woodland path may cause the traveler the greatest perplexity, which may become bewilderment when he has tried one path after another and lost his bearings completely. With an excitable person bewilderment may deepen into confusion that will make him unable to think clearly or even to see or hear distinctly. Amazement results from the sudden and unimagined occurrence of great good or evil or the sudden awakening of the mind to unthought-of truth. Astonishment often produces bewilderment, which the word was formerly understood to imply. Compare AMAZEMENT; ANXIETY; DOUBT.

    amazement, astonishment, bewilderment, confusion, disturbance, doubt, doubt, embarrassment, perplexity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. distraction

    inattention, madness, absence

    attention, composure

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. distraction(n)

    diversion, amusement, confusion, mystification, bewilderment, tumult, commotion, hurly-burly, despair, frenzy

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  1. List of paraphrases:

    diversion, entertainment, forgetfulness, amusement

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  1. Pete Williams:

    I think what the government has suggested is, this is tough, but we're prepared to get tougher if people don't react, because you have facts. The evidence is now coming through that this is a major, major distraction and cause of accidents and fatalities.

  2. Mike Donilon:

    The country knows what's at stake. We have a president who doesn't want to talk about the central issue in this campaign right now, he doesn't want to talk about the coronavirus and his reaction to it. He's desperate to try to get any form of distraction from it.

  3. Jeff Goldstein:

    This is an incredible result, and a nice distraction from everything that's been going on for the past couple of weeks, to have this enormous success going into the holiday season.

  4. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    It is neither liberal nor conservative to lie or to commit adultery. It is simply wrong. It is neither liberal nor conservative to obey the laws of the Church. It is simply right. Wrong and right are the difference between death and life. They are the guideposts along the paths to damnation or to eternal life. That difference is what our lives are really about. All the rest is distraction.

  5. Curt Miller:

    I think it is a good distraction somewhat for JJ to go play basketball for a few hours a day, because if not, its understandable that youre constantly on the phone with people, youre constantly watching the weather reports and the news coverage on it and that can get overwhelming.

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