misdirection

noun

mis·​di·​rec·​tion ˌmis-də-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce misdirection (audio)
-(ˌ)dī-
1
: a wrong direction
2
a
: 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 This bit of misdirection prompts Noonan to flush out Flair-All’s CEO, Declan Armstrong (Kelly AuCoin, in a free-from-bad-wigs shift from Pastor Tim from The Americans), and inadvertently gets a bunch of exculpatory-to-Wagner remarks on tape. Sophie Brookover, Vulture, 16 May 2024 Critics of nuclear sharing and an independent South Korean nuclear arsenal argue that these options would constitute expensive misdirections of resources away from conventional armed forces. Jennifer Lind, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2023 Opinion Key Bridge collapse has increased work zone tunnel traffic but that doesn't explain the signal misdirection. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 21 Mar. 2024 Anyway, here are some of the adverse actions that can occur: (1) Unintentional misdirection. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for misdirection 

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdirection was in 1675

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“Misdirection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdirection. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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