- a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
- Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.
Origin of misdirection
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Examples from the Web for misdirection
But under what moral principle must a nation mimic both the madness and the misdirection of its enemy?Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
The constant disinformation, distraction, misdirection, confabulation, and endless stream of threats actually works.Al-Dura Report: Smear Tactics That Work
Emily L. Hauser
May 24, 2013
Is this a Benghazi misdirection from those masters of deception in the White House, a latter day Whitewater?Hillary Clinton Faints: What Caused It?
December 15, 2012
This misdirection is also likely what led CNN and Fox News to mistakenly report that the mandate had been struck down.Did Chief Justice Roberts Take a Cue From Two Centuries Ago?
June 28, 2012
In that regard, Eisner proved confounding, with his comments reading more like misdirection than tea leaves.Michael Eisner on Media's Future
September 9, 2010
She necessarily recalled to him his life, with all its misdirection and little happiness.Little Dorrit
Ignorance is not simply the negation of knowledge, it is the misdirection of the mind.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
But no gift of God does or can contradict any other gift, except by misuse or misdirection.Aids to Reflection
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
But they effect, as we have seen, not an encouragement, but a misdirection of industry.A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
One cause of misdirection is the prevalence of a strong side wind.The Mastery of the Air
William J. Claxton
Word Origin and History for misdirection
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper