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divert
used in War and Peace

10 uses
  • Prince Andrew rode up and was just putting his question to a soldier when his attention was diverted by the desperate shrieks of the woman in the vehicle.
    Book Two — 1805 (60% in)
  • He advised me not to avoid intercourse with the Petersburg Brothers, but to take up only second-grade posts in the lodge, to try, while diverting the Brothers from pride, to turn them toward the true path self-knowledge and self-perfecting.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (29% in)
  • It will divert your thoughts," she added, addressing Natasha.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (57% in)
  • But the farther he went and the more his attention was diverted by the ever-increasing crowds moving toward the Kremlin, the less he remembered to walk with the sedateness and deliberation of a man.
    Book Nine — 1812 (88% in)
  • One of the old men nearest to him looked round, but his attention was immediately diverted by an exclamation at the other side of the table.
    Book Nine — 1812 (98% in)
  • She did not talk about her brother, diverting the conversation as soon as her aunt mentioned Andrew.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (32% in)
  • The arrival of Dolokhov diverted Petya's attention from the drummer boy, to whom Denisov had had some mutton and vodka given, and whom he had had dressed in a Russian coat so that he might be kept with their band and not sent away with the other prisoners.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (40% in)
  • Nicholas sighed, bit his mustache, and laid out the cards for a patience, trying to divert his mother's attention to another topic.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (46% in)
  • "—yet it was evident that she was not pleased by Pierre's arrival at that moment when it diverted her attention from the unfinished game.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (63% in)
  • But Natasha, knowing all her husband's ways and ideas, saw that he had long been wishing but had been unable to divert the conversation to another channel and express his own deeply felt idea for the sake of which he had gone to Petersburg to consult with his new friend Prince Theodore, and she helped him by asking how his affairs with Prince Theodore had gone.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (65% in)

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