prediversion

diversion

[dih-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, dahy-]
noun
1.
the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.
2.
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.
3.
British. a detour on a highway or road.
4.
distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
5.
Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.

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

prediversion, noun
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diversion (daɪˈvɜːʃən)
 
n
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
 
di'versional
 
adj
 
di'versionary
 
adj

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diversion
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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