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Distraction, 1) division, detachment: “his power went out in such --s as beguiled all spies,” Ant. III, 7, 77.
2) perturbation of mind, despair, perplexity: “in her invention and Ford's wife's d.” Wiv. III, 5, 87. “as if you held a brow of much d.” Wint. I, 2, 149. “countenances of such d.” V, 2, 52. “you flow to great d.” Troil. V, 2, 41 (Q destruction). “d., frenzy and amazement,” V, 3, 85 (Q destruction). “tears in his eyes, d. in's aspect,” Hml. II, 2, 581. “make boot of his d.” Ant. IV, 1, 9.
3) derangement of the mind, madness: “in the d. of his madding fever,” Sonn. 119, 8. “all knit up in their --s,” Tp. III, 3, 90. “I know not what 'twas but d.” Tw. V, 71. “this savours not much of d.” Tw. V, 71 “this is a mere d.” H8 III, 1, 112. “how I am punished with sore d.” Hml. V, 2, 241.
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