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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
1760-70; mis-1 + direction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for misdirection
  • Good misdirection is mostly psychological, with the magician tricking different parts of the audience's brain.
  • Likewise the focus on microbial life, while interesting, is a complete misdirection.
  • Poverty costs everyone money, and so does vocational misdirection.
  • The bottom line, however, is that the entire theme represents intentional misdirection.
  • It seems to be referred to by magicians as time misdirection.
  • And the scavenger hunt went from a clever piece of misdirection to a real-life race against the clock.
  • Yet such a calamitous misdirection of energy can occur only under certain conditions.
  • He ruled as he'd seized power, by deception and misdirection.
  • It's a simple technique, but powerful when used with misdirection.
  • All attempts to sidestep this basic question amount to subterfuge and misdirection.
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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