distrait


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dis·trait

 (dĭ-strā′)
adj.
Inattentive or preoccupied, especially because of anxiety: "When she did not occupy her accustomed chair at the seminar, Freud felt uneasy and distrait" (Times Literary Supplement).

[Middle English, from Old French, past participle of distraire, to distract, from Latin distrahere; see distract.]

distrait

(dɪˈstreɪ; French distrɛ)
adj
absent-minded; abstracted
[C18: from French, from distraire to distract]

dis•trait

(dɪˈstreɪ)

adj.
distracted; absent-minded.
[1740–50; < French < Latin distractus; see distract]

distrait

, distraught - Distrait means "absent-minded as a result of apprehension, worry, etc."—while distraught means "agitated" and "bewildered, distracted."
See also related terms for worry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distrait - having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety
inattentive - showing a lack of attention or care; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"

distrait

adjective
So lost in thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Idiom: a million miles away.
Translations

distrait

[dɪsˈtreɪ] ADJ (liter) → distraído
References in classic literature ?
While she and Arthur (who had arrived before me) supplied the children with tea and cake, I tried to engage the Earl in conversation: but he was restless and distrait, and we made little progress.
The result of the long strain was seen later in the afternoon, when he sat locked within the turret-room before the still baffling trunk, distrait, listless and yet agitated, sunk in a settled gloom.
You may remember that I was distrait, and remained sitting after you had all alighted.
Holmes was curiously distrait, and we walked up and down the garden path for some time in silence.
Nevertheless, she was just at the moment, a little DISTRAIT.