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divert
used in The Screwtape Letters

4 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
divert her attention
Definition
to distract someone's attention or (more rarely) to entertain
  • I have explained that you can weaken his prayers by diverting his attention from...
    Chapter 6 (33% in)
diverting = distracting
There are no more uses of "divert" flagged with this meaning in The Screwtape Letters.

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  • It can sometimes be used, of course, to divert humans from something else which the Enemy would like them to be feeling or doing: but in itself it has wholly undesirable tendencies; it promotes charity, courage, contentment, and many other evils.
    Chapter 11 (31% in)
  • But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.
    Chapter 5 (62% in)
  • On the other hand fear becomes easier to master when the patient's mind is diverted from the thing feared to the fear itself, considered as a present and undesirable state of his own mind; and when he regards the fear as his appointed cross he will inevitably think of it as a state of mind.
    Chapter 6 (37% in)

There are no more uses of "divert" in The Screwtape Letters.

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