- The definition of a diversion is an activity, often pleasant, that takes you away from your normal activity, or a detour or alternative course.
- An interruption from a friend in the middle of doing tedious work is an example of a diversion.
- When money is taken from education funds and instead put into funds for seniors, this is an example of a diversion of resources.
- When a road is closed and traffic is rerouted, this is an example of a diversion.
diversion definition by Webster's New World
- a diverting or turning aside: diversion of funds from the treasury
- distraction of attention: diversion of the enemy
- anything that diverts or distracts the attention; specif., a pastime or amusement
Origin: Middle English diversioun ; from Midieval Latin diversio (for Late Latin deversio)
diversion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or an instance of diverting or turning aside; deviation.
- Something that distracts the mind and relaxes or entertains.
- A maneuver that draws the attention of an opponent away from a planned point of action, especially as part of military strategy.
Origin: Late Latin dīversiō, dīversiōn-, act of turning aside, from Latin dīversus, past participle of dīvertere, to divert; see divert.
- di·verˈsion·arˌy adjective