[mis-di-rek-shuh n]


a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.

Nearby words

  1. misdescribe,
  2. misdiagnose,
  3. misdiagnosis,
  4. misdial,
  5. misdirect,
  6. misdivision,
  7. misdo,
  8. misdoubt,
  9. mise,
  10. mise en place

Origin of misdirection

First recorded in 1760–70; mis-1 + direction

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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