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astray

[uh-strey] /əˈstreɪ/
adverb, adjective
1.
out of the right way; off the correct or known road, path, or route:
Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
2.
away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought:
They were led astray by their lust for money.
Origin of astray
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English astraye < Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; see stray
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  • He felt as though he wanted to submit, but the unconquered enemy that had so often led him astray was rebellious.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • Yes, she must have led Lantier astray; you could see it in her eyes.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • It is said it was from a son of her own she got the knowledge, a little chap that was astray.

  • My foot was on the threshold of His house when you led me astray.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The sight gives him relief, but only for an instant; his conjectures again leading him astray.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for astray

astray

/əˈstreɪ/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
out of the correct path or direction
2.
out of the right, good, or expected way; into error
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray
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Word Origin and History for astray
adv.

c.1300, astraied "away from home; lost," borrowed and partially nativized from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier "astray, riderless (of a horse), lost," literally "on stray" (see stray (v.)).

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