[dih-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-, dahy-]
tending to divert or distract the attention: diversionary tactics of the guerrilla fighters.

1840–50; diversion + -ary

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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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Example sentences
He did not intend to be merely the novelist-as-journalist writing diversionary occasional pieces.
Activity: to remove the two dams and close the diversionary tunnel.
Major coping responses included substance use and diversionary activities.
A diversionary experiment that distracts the enemy with his entertaining tap dance.
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