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

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The undeniable magic of the movie, but also a nagging sense of strain and misdirection throughout, comes from its telling of a seductive lie: that the boundary between what happens in fiction and in nonfiction is not permeable. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 Expect to see a lot of misdirection plays with guards pulling one way and the ball going another. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Six burning questions ahead of the Arizona Cardinals' training camp," 23 July 2019 But this is a typical bit of misdirection on the part of Thiel, a founder of PayPal and a board member of Facebook. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 But Stranger Things is famous for its deliberate misdirection. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things S3 trailer teases: What if the Mind Flayer never left?," 21 June 2019 Instead, Trump’s tweetstorm is consistent with his standard misdirection tactic of creating a fake crisis and portraying himself as the savior. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about bias on Twitter — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.," 23 Aug. 2018 Actor turned first-time screenwriter Devon Graye's tricksy script keeps audiences on their toes with all this multi-viewpoint misdirection, so much so that most will be caught off-guard by further major reveals. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 2019 At this stage in his sublimely unexamined life and increasingly evident cognitive decline, Trump isn’t really capable of very compelling misdirections or even passably convincing falsehoods. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 The implications are profound and obvious: regardless of the greed and misdirection of a few bad apple doctors, government restrictions on prescribing opioids to pain patients are based on mythology, not fact. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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