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Synonyms of 'diversion'

(noun) 
Definition
something that distracts someone's attention or concentration
The whole argument is a diversion.
Synonyms
distraction
Total concentration is required with no distractions.
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deflection
the deflection of light as it passes through the slits in the grating
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(noun) 
Definition
a pleasant or amusing pastime or activity
Finger-painting is an excellent diversion.
Synonyms
pastime
His favourite pastime is golf.
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play
Try to strike a balance between work and play.
a few hours of play until you go to bed
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game
the game of hide-and-seek
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sport
I'd say football is my favourite sport.
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delight
To my delight, the plan worked perfectly.
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pleasure
Watching TV is our only pleasure.
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entertainment
I play the piano purely for my own entertainment.
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hobby
My hobbies include tennis, music, and photography.
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relaxation
You should be able to find the odd moment for relaxation.
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recreation
Saturday afternoon is for recreation and outings.
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enjoyment
She ate with great enjoyment.
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distraction
every conceivable distraction from shows to bouncy castles
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amusement
People had very few amusements to choose from in those days.
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gratification
Eventually they recognized him, much to his gratification.
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divertissement
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beguilement
(noun) 
Definition
an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
British)  They turned back because of traffic diversions.
Synonyms
detour
He made a detour around the outskirts of the city.
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circuitous route
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roundabout way
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indirect course
(noun) 
Definition
the act of diverting from a specified course
British)  a diversion from his fantasy-themed movies
Synonyms
deviation
Deviation from the norm is not tolerated.
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change
It makes a nice change to see you in a good mood for once.
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departure
This album is a considerable departure from her previous work.
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variation
Every day without variation my grandfather ate a plate of ham.
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straying
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divergence
There's substantial divergence of opinion in the party.
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digression
the text is full of digressions

Additional synonyms

in the sense of amusement
Definition
something that amuses or entertains someone
People had very few amusements to choose from in those days.
in the sense of change
Definition
variety or novelty
It makes a nice change to see you in a good mood for once.
Synonyms
break (informal),
diversion (British),
whole new ball game (informal)
in the sense of deflection
the deflection of light as it passes through the slits in the grating
Synonyms
bending,
veering,
swerving,
turning aside,
refraction,

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