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Distraction

An excellent example of how greatly the meaning of words may change. To “distract” means now, to harass, to perplex; and “distraction” confusion of mind from a great multiplicity of duties; but in French to “distract” means to divert the mind, and “distraction” means recreation or amusement (Latin, dis-traho). (See Slave.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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