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misdirection

[mis-di-rek-shuh n]
noun
  1. a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
  2. Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.
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Origin of misdirection

First recorded in 1760–70; mis-1 + direction
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Examples from the Web for misdirection

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Historical Examples

  • 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

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper