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 ?
His manner, too, was singularly distrait: he neither responded to their salutations nor so much as looked at them, but walked slowly across the room in the light of the failing fire and opening the front door passed out into the darkness.
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.
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.
Nevertheless, she was just at the moment, a little DISTRAIT. She was watching the brilliant scene with a certain air of abstraction, as though her interest in it was, after all, an impersonal thing.
He massaged his right ear with the sole of his left foot in a somewhat distrait manner.
He is silent and distrait. His nerves have been strangely shaken by that sound upon the moor.
At one of the tables sat Paul, calm and distrait. From across the room Jeanne stared freezingly.
So distrait was he and so random his answers, that the wood man took to whistling, and soon branched off upon the track to Burley, leaving Alleyne upon the main Christchurch road.
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.
The opening lacks fantasy, the hero mildly miffed not wildly distrait - whereas Chung (with the Bastille Opera Orchestra on DG) finds edge-of-a-nervousbreakdown intensity.
On se demande si l'Etat, lui-meme, ne se distrait par les bouffonneries amusantes de ce virtuose, au point d'ignorer de le demettre de ses fonctions pour ses espiegleries attentatoires aux regles de la constitution et aux droits de la population.