Definition of misdirection in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɪsdʌɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n//mɪsdɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n/


  • 1mass noun The action or process of directing someone to the wrong place or in the wrong direction.

    ‘the deliberate misdirection that had put me off the track’
    count noun ‘misdirections given by the coastguard to rescue services’
    • ‘Working-class students struggle for identity amid a cacophony of misleading noise and misdirection in a world that seeks to misrepresent and marginalize them.’
    • ‘It just takes a bit of misdirection on the part of the passer, and it helps to get the pass on the way as the screener is turning around.’
    • ‘Misdirection of sound, the heart of ventriloquism, often landed me in trouble.’
    • ‘You report that rescuers and paramedics lost precious time because of confusion and misdirection, implying that they might have saved his life?’
    • ‘The media have been uninterested in pursuing this story for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was its childlike proclivity to fall for misdirection.’
    • ‘It would be nonsensical if they were liable for misdirections given to one helicopter but not the other.’
    • ‘This is accomplished by what conjurers call "misdirection," directing people's attention away from where the "dirty work" is going on.’
    • ‘Obviously, when you're going against speed and you can do misdirection and get them going the wrong way and fool them a little bit, then you've got a chance.’
    • ‘He was using misdirection to shift attention away from his former alliance with the dictator.’
    • ‘The FBI was investigating claims of voter intimidation and polling place misdirection.’
    1. 1.1 The wrong or inappropriate use or application of something.
      ‘the misdirection of government funding’
      count noun ‘wasteful misdirections of production’
      • ‘A more sickening misdirection of foreign policy cannot be imagined.’
      • ‘I'd propose instead hi notion of sin as "perversion"—the misdirection of our love and energy.’
      • ‘There is no evidence he was involved in the misdirection of funds.’
      • ‘There has been not a single apology from any of them for that costly misdirection of police protection.’
      • ‘Was an invasion in the name of reducing the threat of terror an overreaction or a misdirection of our energy?’
      • ‘He was a kindly man with much sympathy for refugees from totalitarian countries, whose misdirection of science he detested.’
      • ‘He is too subtle for drama, and it's the tragic misdirection of his talents that propels much of the novel's action.’
      • ‘Countless hours are spent calculating exactly how this misdirection of assets should be carried out.’
      • ‘I decided to challenge what I considered to be a misdirection of psychiatry.’
      • ‘To the extent that students are financing their own overseas study, their extended absence does not reflect a misdirection of public resources.’
  • 2count noun A wrong instruction given by a judge to a jury.

    ‘he won his appeal on the basis of a misdirection by the trial judge’
    • ‘I see no evidence of misdirection or error, and accordingly I see no realistic prospect of success on appeal.’
    • ‘I do not think that the tribunal's misdirection regarding section 129 can be said to have led to any substantial wrong or miscarriage.’
    • ‘There had been a misdirection by the tribunal.’
    • ‘I would be disposed to allow the appeal because this misdirection was of fundamental importance.’
    • ‘Bearing in mind his assessment of the lack of credibility of the applicant, there was no legal misdirection.’
    • ‘He gave a fair and judicious summary of all the matters properly to be considered, and I find no misdirection of the law.’
    • ‘This was a decision within the discretion of the judge, not vitiated by misdirection or manifest error.’
    • ‘The principle is well settled that where there has been no misdirection on an issue of fact by the trial judge. the presumption is that his conclusion is correct.’
    • ‘An analysis of the judgment reveals no misdirection.’
    • ‘It is only if it is plainly and unarguably right notwithstanding the misdirection that the decision can stand.’