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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Definitions for distrait

  1. Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.

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Citations for distrait
Yet when she stopped for a cup of coffee, finding herself too distrait to begin work, the picture was in the course of being removed from the window. Anita Brookner, Falling Slowly
He had painfully written out a first draft, and he intoned it now like a poet delicate and distrait. Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
Origin of distrait
Distrait is from Old French, from distraire, "to distract," from Latin distrahere, "to pull apart; to draw away; to distract," from dis- + trahere, "to draw, to pull." It is related to distraught and distracted, which have the same Latin source.