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[dih-streyt; French dees-tret] /dɪˈstreɪt; French disˈtrɛt/
(of a woman) inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.
Origin of distraite
1840-50; < French, feminine of distrait distrait Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At length the door opens and she appears, looking pale and distraite.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • I had only seen Lilla at meals, to find her shy and distraite.

    The Golden Magnet George Manville Fenn
  • Grace was lying on the sofa, languid and distraite, when he was announced.

  • Sally was distraite, and wasn't paying proper attention to the music.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • She was distraite, indifferent to what was going on round her.

    Moth and Rust Mary Cholmondeley
  • She has to pretend to be distraite, for really she is very all there, and likes her dinner.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • In the midst of her greatest triumphs, however, she is often distraite.

  • It was the only time that the Secretary had ever seen her nervous or distraite.

    Parlous Times David Dwight Wells
  • Was Val to believe that under that charming exterior he was burning with the dull rage that kept her silent and distraite?

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • Zoe was silent and distraite, and did not even try to compete with her sparkling rival.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade

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