beguilement vs distraction what difference

what is difference between beguilement and distraction



beguile +‎ -ment


beguilement (plural beguilements)

  1. The action or process of beguiling; the characteristic of being beguiling.
    • 1924, Mark Twain, Mark Twain’s Autobiography, First Edition, Volume 2, entry dated Tuesday, April 10, 1906, [1]
      Little by little Bacon got to beguiling out of Hill things to do, and presently Hill was furnishing him the things to do without any beguilement.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 8,
      But a line wasn’t feasibly resisted. He loved the etiquette of the thing, the chopping with a credit card, the passing of the tightly rolled note, the procedure courteous and dry, “all done with money,” as Wani said—it was part of the larger beguilement, and once it had begun it squeezed him with its charm and promise.



Borrowed from Middle French distraction, from Latin distractio.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɹækʃ(ə)n/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɹækʃən/, /də-/
  • Rhymes: -ækʃən
  • Hyphenation: dis‧tract‧ion


distraction (countable and uncountable, plural distractions)

  1. Something that distracts.
  2. The process of being distracted.
  3. Perturbation; disorder; disturbance; confusion.
    • 1662, Thomas Salusbury, Galileo’s dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      It’s true that the Copernican Systeme introduceth distraction in the universe of Aristotle.
  4. Mental disorder; a deranged state of mind; insanity.
    • 1673, Richard Baxter, Christian Directory
      [] if he speak the words of an oath in a strange language, thinking they signify something else, or if he spake in his sleep, or deliration, or distraction, it is no oath, and so not obligatory.
  5. (medicine, archaic) Traction so exerted as to separate surfaces normally opposed.

Derived terms

  • distracter
  • distractee



  • John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “distraction”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.


  • adstriction



Borrowed from Latin distractiō, distractiōnem.


  • IPA(key): /dis.tʁak.sjɔ̃/


distraction f (plural distractions)

  1. distraction
  2. entertainment

Related terms

  • distraire

Further reading

  • “distraction” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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