diversion Definition

  • 1an instance of turning something aside from its course.
  • 2an activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime.
  • 3a detour or alternative route for traffic.

Using diversion: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "diversion" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The diversion of the river caused flooding downstream.

  • Example

    Reading is a good diversion from work.

  • Example

    The road was closed, so we had to take a diversion.

  • Example

    The magician used diversionary tactics to distract the audience.

diversion Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for diversion

Idioms Using diversion

  • to create a distraction or interruption in order to draw attention away from something else


    He made a diversion by pretending to faint so that his friend could escape unnoticed.

  • something that provides a pleasant break from routine or boredom


    The unexpected visit from her friend was a welcome diversion from her monotonous work schedule.

  • an action or decision that results in significant financial loss or waste


    The company's investment in the new technology turned out to be a costly diversion when it failed to generate any profits.

Phrases with diversion

  • the act of using money intended for one purpose for a different purpose


    The politician was accused of diversion of funds from the public project to his own personal account.

  • a program that offers an alternative to criminal prosecution for offenders, usually involving counseling, community service, or other forms of rehabilitation


    The court offered him a diversion program instead of jail time for his first-time offense.

  • a strategy used to divert attention away from a particular point or issue


    The company used a diversionary tactic by announcing a new product to distract from the negative press about their current product.

Origins of diversion

from Latin 'diversio', meaning 'a turning aside'


Summary: diversion in Brief

The term 'diversion' [dɪˈvɜːʃən] refers to a turning aside from a course, such as a detour or the diversion of funds. It also denotes activities that provide a break from tedious or serious concerns, like reading or playing games. 'Diversion' extends into phrases like 'make a diversion,' meaning to create a distraction, and idioms like 'a welcome diversion,' indicating a pleasant break from routine.

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