mis·​di·​rec·​tion | \ ˌmis-də-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce misdirection (audio) , -(ˌ)dī- \

Definition of misdirection

1 : a wrong direction
2a : the act or an instance of misdirecting or diverting
b : the state of being misdirected

Examples of misdirection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With plenty more misdirection and surprises in this Part 2, fans of Lupin will not be disappointed by the next five episodes, which continues where the story left off in Part 1. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 12 June 2021 The aesthetic telegraphs authenticity and vulnerability, but the special’s stunning final shots reveal the misdirection at work, encouraging skepticism of the performativity of such realism. New York Times, 1 June 2021 But the intense focus on that twist between the graphene sheets may have been a case of misdirection. Quanta Magazine, 14 June 2021 The first of these misdirection statements about Greenland is even more troubling because the rise in global mean sea level has accelerated. Gary Yohe, Scientific American, 13 May 2021 The Rams utilize so much misdirection through motions, screens, play-action and condensed formations that effectively neutralized Dallas' pass rush. John Owning, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2020 Eriksson Ek's shot deflected off defenseman Alec Martinez, causing some misdirection that disrupted Fleury's save attempt. Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 With some misdirection, Kaz is able to escape before Kirigan can use his shadows to kill him. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The PRO Act and its plan to introduce the ABC test of independent contractor status into the basic union legislation National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has been an example of misdirection. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misdirection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdirection. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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