distraction (n.)
madness, derangement, insanity
Ham V.ii.223[Hamlet to Laertes] I am punished with a sore distraction
Tem III.iii.91[Prospero to Ariel] these, mine enemies, are all knit up / In their distractions
TN V.i.311[Orsino to Olivia, of Malvolio's letter] This savours not much of distraction
TN V.i.65[Viola as Cesario to Orsino, of Antonio's behaviour] I know not what 'twas, but distraction
TNK IV.iii.1[Doctor to Gaoler, of the Gaoler's Daughter] Her distraction is more at some time of the moon than at other some, is it not?
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