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[mis-di-rek-shuh n] /ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛk ʃən/
a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.
Origin of misdirection
First recorded in 1760-70; mis-1 + direction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She necessarily recalled to him his life, with all its misdirection and little happiness.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • 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

1768, from mis- (1) + direction. Meaning "action of a conjurer, thief, etc. to distract someone" is from 1943.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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