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!
May it prove as diverting to you as the Matter is really instructive.
Briancourt had only succeeded in diverting the peril upon himself.
Amid chit-chat, so diverting, Saint-Prosper finished “posting” the town.
The characters are alive, and the dialogue is witty and diverting.
But when morning came, I thought the situation so diverting that I forgot my shyness.
It is diverting to try to read other peoples minds, he observed.
I admit that the scene in West Africa was a diverting novelty.
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.