distraction (n.)
perturbation, agitation, frenzied state
AC IV.i.9[Maecenas to Caesar, of Antony] Make boot of his distraction
H8 III.i.112[Wolsey to Queen Katherine, of her response] this is a mere distraction [also: evasion]
MW III.v.79[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Mistress Page] in her invention and Ford's wife's distraction
Sonn.119.8[] How have mine eyes out of their spheres been fitted / In the distraction of this madding fever!
TC V.ii.42[Ulysses to Troilus] You flow to great distraction
WT I.ii.149[Hermione to Leontes] You look / As if you held a brow of much distraction
WT V.ii.47[Third Gentleman to all, of the meeting between Leontes and Polixenes] There was ... countenance of such distraction that they were to be known by garment, not by favour
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