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Definition a distraction from something more important


an activity done for fun


the process of changing course, or the use or purpose of something
  • The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
diversion = distraction (from something more important)
  • The snowstorm led to the diversion of 23 flights to another airport.
  • diversion = changing the course of something
  • When I need a break, I find detective novels are a good diversion.
  • diversion = form of entertainment
  • The shoplifter had an accomplice who created a diversion.
  • diversion = distraction
  • "ANY kind of diversion!"  I say. "Just distract Mr. Rosa for five or ten seconds. That's all the time I'll need."
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • diversion = something that draws someone's attention so they don't notice something else
  • 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
  • diversion = distraction
  • He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • diversions = distractions
  • Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir through some of the hottest, starkest country on the continent.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • diversion = made to change where water flows
  • "We just need a diversion," Tally said.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • diversion = distraction
  • And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • diversion = something done as entertainment
  • "Then," said he, "every man should have a diversion as well as a profession."
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • diversion = an amusement as a distraction from serious or tedious concerns
  • I'll create a diversion.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • diversion = a distraction
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • diversion = distraction
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • diversion = distraction
  • The two spies had evidently been sent into the camp to create a diversion, while their confederates carried off the spoil.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • Just then my mother came in, and created a diversion in my favour by her loquacious and animated welcome of the reverend guest.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • He was trying hard to overcome this when a diversion was caused by the arrival of Lady Arabella.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • Time was heavy on their hands, their pouches were well filled, and the only social diversion to be found was in the saloons.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • In front of it, seated in chairs, as in a garden of public diversion, are a number of women, busily knitting.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Kestrel's crash had been nothing but a diversionary tactic to hide the fact that Max and Alex had been kidnapped.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan

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