di·​ver·​sion·​ary | \ də-ˈvər-zhə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce diversionary (audio) , dī-, -shə- \

Definition of diversionary

: tending to draw attention away from the principal concern : being a diversion

Examples of diversionary in a Sentence

This is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the issues.
Recent Examples on the Web Border guards have detected Russian diversionary groups trying to enter their territory at night, said a local guards chief, Serhiy Homenko. New York Times, 14 June 2022 A month earlier, a national database of automobile insurance policies was raided during a diversionary cyberattack that defaced Ukrainian websites. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Publicly, this involved a rhetoric of universalism, the exaggerated spectre of vacant museums, and diversionary offers of developmental assistance. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The offender also cannot have completed a separate diversionary program within five years of the new offense. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 The top Russian intelligence official in charge of overseeing the recruitment of spies and diversionary operations in Ukraine has been put under house arrest along with his deputy, Mr. Soldatov said. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Historical data shows that diversionary wars — fighting abroad to draw attention away from problems at home — have rarely worked for Putin. Arik Burakovsky, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2022 The ensemble’s game, but nobody gets much in the way of lighthearted diversion even in the diversionary bits. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Whether this help should go to prisons and jails or diversionary programs is another hot debate. Morgan Simon, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of diversionary

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diversionary

diversion + -ary entry 2

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28 Jun 2022

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“Diversionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversionary. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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