• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Divertise To divert; to entertain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • divertise To divert: amuse; entertain.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. divertir, p. pr. divertissant,


In literature:

As a matter of sober fact, the average man of our time and race is quite incapable of all these incandescent and intriguing divertisements.
"In Defense of Women" by H. L. Mencken
Then there was fresh divertisement as Mike rattled up, and Doctor Rathbone, who was of a great size, bustled in to where Mortimer lay.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
Nor out of wantonness should we speak ill, for our divertisement or sport.
"Sermons on Evil-Speaking" by Isaac Barrow
Dod, I'm thinking it would be a kind of a divertisement to gang and see what he'll be after!
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lionel, to create a divertisement, raised a remarkably, fine specimen of coral from the table, and carried it to his mother.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The little divertisement of Jim's letter had done him good.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I have also seen the sacrifice of Curtius formed into a ballet of three acts, with divertisements.
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
His books were for spiritual use, like maps and charts of the mind of man, and not much for 'excellence of divertisement.
"Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson" by John Morley
We have now spent eight dollars on divertisement and have failed to be diverted.
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
It always makes trouble, and it is a very expensive divertisement.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London