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 Distinguished Member of the Humane Society.Distrait (French). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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.)   1
 


 Distinguished Member of the Humane Society.Distrait (French). 

 
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