Meaning: mental turmoil; "he drives me to distraction"
'We need to be calm, Binkie; we must be calm.' He talked aloud for the sake of distraction.
"If she were here," she would cry, "she would certainly comfort me, and sooth the distraction of my soul."
Having nothing, so it is thought, to do with mental activity, it becomes a distraction, an evil to be contended with.
The flash of light had revealed nothing, yet it had distracted my thoughts, and the work of reloading was an additional distraction.
Add to this ability a power to endure in an intelligently chosen course in face of distraction, confusion, and difficulty, and you have the essence of discipline.
For he had tasted of the fruit of the tree of life, and, finding it bitter in his mouth, had stepped out of Eden for a time to seek distraction close to the unarmoured, beating heart of the world.
I accept, O my God!--be it a well merited punishment or a salutary trial,--this privation of light and sensible devotion, this coldness and distraction, which accompany me even into Thy presence when all the faculties of my soul should be absorbed and confounded in sentiments of adoration and of love.