A Liberal of the forties and fifties, a freethinker and atheist, he may have been led on by boredom or the hope of frivolous diversion.
Grigory caught him once at this diversion and gave him a sound beating.
They’ve planned a diversion: they pet the baby, laugh to make it laugh.
’I wanted to make a joke,’ said I, ’for the general diversion, as Mr. Napravnik is our well-known Russian orchestra conductor and what we need for the harmony of our undertaking is some one of that sort.’
Those Jesuit confessionals are really my most delightful diversion at melancholy moments.
…a smattering of education, who had been thrown off his balance by philosophical ideas above his level and certain modern theories of duty, which he learnt in practice from the reckless life of his master, who was also perhaps his father—Fyodor Pavlovitch; and, theoretically, from various strange philosophical conversations with his master’s elder son, Ivan Fyodorovitch, who readily indulged in this diversion, probably feeling dull or wishing to amuse himself at the valet’s expense.
Afterwards I heard the words of mockery and blame, proud words, "How could God give up the most loved of His saints for the diversion of the devil, take from him his children, smite him with sore boils so that he cleansed the corruption from his sores with a pot-sherd—and for no object except to boast to the devil!
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The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
And I’d bet my broomstick he let that troll in, to make a diversion!
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone