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diversionist

[dih-vur-zhuh-nist, -shuh-, dahy-]
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noun
  1. a person engaged in activities that divert attention from a primary focus.
  2. a person who deviates politically.

Origin of diversionist

First recorded in 1935–40; diversion + -ist
Related formsdi·ver·sion·ism, noun
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