Definition of distraction :
1. A diversity of direction; detachment.
2. Agitation from violent emotions; perturbation of mind; despair.
3. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as, political distractions.
4. Derangement of the mind; madness.
5. State in which the attention is called in different ways; confusion; perplexity.
6. That which diverts attention; a diversion.
7. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
fever, flap, head-scratching, animal magnetism, muddle, confusedness, discombobulation, digression, hysteria, perplexity, agitation, devilment, off-putting, frolic, unsettling, intrusion, bewilderment, distracting, bafflement, bewitchery, bemusement, giggle, bewilderedness, gaieties, feverishness, embarrassment, confusion, mismanagement, fury, distress, engrossment, misdirection, delight, tangle, abstraction, madness, amazement, delirium, beguilement, fling, whirl, astonishment, furor, maze, doubt, excite, uproar, puzzlement, haze, diversionary, disturbance, deliriousness, mystification, furore, rage, bamboozlement, fog, rampage
amusement (part of speech: noun)
hilarity, pastime, sport, recreation, tonic, game, entertainment, levity, relaxation, amusement, stimulation, humor, merriment, hobby, diversion, play, frivolity, refreshment, jolliness, fun, jocularity, whimsicality, divertissement, celebration, pleasure
inattention (part of speech: noun)
apathy, befuddlement, lack of interest, disregard, disinterestedness, dreaminess, absent-mindedness, heedlessness, inadvertence, obliviousness, unconsciousness, inattention, detachment, negligence, incuriosity, disregardfulness, thoughtlessness, carelessness, indifference, lapse, oversight, preoccupation, unconcern, inobservance, absence, forgetfulness, aloofness
- I was quite calm, but your conversation has torn me to distraction. - "The Youth of Goethe", Peter Hume Brown.
- Has he no distraction? - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- Evidently, thought I, she must love Cavanagh already to distraction, when the small courtesy I have proposed can inspire her with such happy spirits. - "First Person Paramount", Ambrose Pratt.