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misdirection

[mis-di-rek-shuh n] /ˌmɪs dɪˈrɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
2.
Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.
Origin of misdirection
1760-1770
1760-70; mis-1 + direction
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  • Failure has a still more fruitful cause—namely, the misdirection of talent.

  • She necessarily recalled to him his life, with all its misdirection and little happiness.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • They were not aware that their industry in, and devotion to it, as they understood it, were a misdirection of their genius.

    The Bront Family, Vol. 1 of 2 Francis A. Leyland
  • But they effect, as we have seen, not an encouragement, but a misdirection of industry.

    A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney
  • But on the supposition that nothing is destroyed, see the loss which comes from the misdirection of productive industry.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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