To misdirect someone is to deceive them by sending them in the wrong direction. You might misdirect a child by telling them to go find the dog, when the dog is actually in the other room.

  • The politician misdirected the press by giving a false statement.

  • The artist misdirected the viewers by painting the wrong picture.

Definition of misdirection


management that is careless or inefficient




the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something




an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge


incorrect directions or instructions

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Example Sentences for misdirection

  • 1

    The post was misdirected to the stranger.

  • 2

    As I said, the criticism is misdirected.

  • 3

    The audience is misdirected up to this point.

  • 4

    They cease to misdirect the argument in this manner.

  • 5

    The public domain is incorrect and likely to misdirect.

  • 6

    The statement is at the very least intended to misdirect.

  • 7

    You are simply trying to misdirect the discussion.

  • 8

    It seems at times easy for quarterbacks to misdirect him.

  • 9

    Labelling tends to misdirect the actual debate at hand.

  • 10

    The combination of misdirected bloodflow and hypotension will invoke syncope.