distraction etymology

English word distraction comes from Latin distraho

Detailed word origin of distraction

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
distraho Latin (lat) I draw in different directions; divide, distract, perplex.. I draw, pull or drag asunder; tear in pieces, separate forcibly, divide; scatter.. I sell separately (in parcels), retail; sell (in general). I separate in sentiment, estrange, alienate.
distractio Latin (lat) (figuratively) Something that causes people to turn away from each other or their activity; discord; a distraction. A dragging apart; a pulling away; an act of separating or dividing.
distraction Middle French (frm)
distraction English (eng) Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.. Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.. Something that distracts.. The process of being distracted.

Words with the same origin as distraction

Descendants of distraho