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 The Ukrainian army’s deft game of misdirection, touting a counter-offensive in the south before attacking in the northeast, caught Russia off guard. Simon Shuster, Time, 26 Sep. 2022 That leads to the moments of misdirection that are the lifeblood of funny novels. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Then again, everything authors say about their work is a lie, or, at best, a misdirection. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Also, some misdirection plays and sweeps because Carolina’s defense has a tendency to want to make big plays. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2022 Collins coach Jerry Lucas said the Bears are masters of misdirection. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 10 Sep. 2022 As the trial of Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann demonstrated, FBI General Counsel James Baker, a nonagent, accepted misdirection from Mr. Sussmann, causing the bureau to chase the fabricated Alfa Bank connection. Thomas J. Baker, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Although Emily doesn’t mind her brother’s misdirection, Weightman does. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 Not only have the Red Hawks made the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons, but their offense is predicated entirely on misdirection. Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misdirection was in 1675

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29 Sep 2022

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“Misdirection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdirection. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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