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Definition of Distraught
DistraughtDistract Dis*tract", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distracted, old p.
p. Distraught; p. pr. & vb. n. Distracting.]
1. To draw apart or away; to divide; to disjoin.
A city . . . distracted from itself. --Fuller.
2. To draw (the sight, mind, or attention) in different
directions; to perplex; to confuse; as, to distract the
eye; to distract the attention.
Mixed metaphors . . . distract the imagination.
3. To agitate by conflicting passions, or by a variety of
motives or of cares; to confound; to harass.
Horror and doubt distract His troubled thoughts.
4. To unsettle the reason of; to render insane; to craze; to
madden; -- most frequently used in the participle,
A poor mad soul; . . . poverty hath distracted her.
--Shak. DistraughtDistraught Dis*traught", p. p. & a. [OE. distract, distrauht.
See Distract, a.]
1. Torn asunder; separated. [Obs.] ``His greedy throat . . .
2. Distracted; perplexed. ``Distraught twixt fear and pity.'
As if thou wert distraught and mad with terror.
To doubt betwixt our senses and our souls Which are
the most distraught and full of pain. --Mrs.
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