[dih-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, dahy-]
the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.
a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
British. a detour on a highway or road.
distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin dīversiōn- (stem of dīversiō), equivalent to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -iōn- -ion

prediversion, noun
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diversion (daɪˈvɜːʃən)
1.  the act of diverting from a specified course
2.  chiefly (Brit) an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
3.  something that distracts from business, etc; amusement
4.  military a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack

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Word Origin & History

1600, from M.Fr. diversion, from L.L. diversionem (nom. diversio), from L. divertere (see divert). Sense of "amusement, entertainment" is first recorded 1648. Hence, divertimento (1823), from the It. form, originally "a musical composition designed primarily for entertainment."
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Example sentences
Reading, where it exists at all, has largely become an unprofitable wing of the
  diversion industry.
Once these measures were in place, the diversion plan could be reconsidered.
Only about half of this important watershed is left today due to water
  diversion and draining.
These tales have spawned legal battles, comics-page yarns, and endless
  dinner-table diversion.
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