DISTRACTION, n. L.
1. The act of distracting; a drawing apart; separation.
2. Confusion from a multiplicity of objects crowding on the mind and calling the attention different ways; perturbation of mind; perplexity; as, the family was in a state of distraction. See 1 Corinthians 7.
3. Confusion of affairs; tumult; disorder; as political distractions.
Never was known a night of such distraction.
4. Madness; a state of disordered reason; franticness; furiousness. We usually apply this word to a state of derangement which produces raving and violence in the patient.
5. Folly in the extreme, or amounting to insanity.
On the supposition of the truth of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, irreligion is nothing better than distraction.