Day by day, it drives people to distraction by diverting energy to mindless legal compliance.
It had been a disaster, diverting farmers from the land, draining their grain supplies and ultimately starving millions.
But, you see, there are some people in whom even despair is diverting!
I admit that the scene in West Africa was a diverting novelty.
Briancourt had only succeeded in diverting the peril upon himself.
There are women to whom all this warfare would have been diverting, but it was not so to Lee.
The characters are alive, and the dialogue is witty and diverting.
By the way, it is most diverting to carry my Aunt Kezia to see things.
It is diverting to try to read other peoples minds, he observed.
May it prove as diverting to you as the Matter is really instructive.
early 15c., from Middle French divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.