Definition of misdirection in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmisdəˈrekSHən/ /ˌmɪsdəˈrɛkʃən/

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  • 1The 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’
    • ‘misdirections given by the coastguard to rescue services’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Working-class students struggle for identity amid a cacophony of misleading noise and misdirection in a world that seeks to misrepresent and marginalize them.’
    • ‘The FBI was investigating claims of voter intimidation and polling place misdirection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was using misdirection to shift attention away from his former alliance with the dictator.’
    1. 1.1The wrong or inappropriate use or application of something.
      ‘the misdirection of government funding’
      • ‘wasteful misdirections of production’
      • ‘To the extent that students are financing their own overseas study, their extended absence does not reflect a misdirection of public resources.’
      • ‘He was a kindly man with much sympathy for refugees from totalitarian countries, whose misdirection of science he detested.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I decided to challenge what I considered to be a misdirection of psychiatry.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A wrong instruction given by a judge to a jury.

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