Definition of misdirection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdəˈrekʃn//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsdaɪˈrekʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the deliberate release of wrong information in order to stop people from knowing the truth about a situation There's no reason to assume that the White House engaged in misdirection.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of giving wrong information about the law by a judge to a jury (1) (= the group of people who decide if somebody is guilty of a crime) The judge's failure to tell them of that responsibility was regarded as a misdirection.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] () the act of giving wrong information in a film/movie, story, magic act, etc. to make people expect something that does not happen, so that they will be surprised at what actually happens The clues and misdirections come rapidly one after the other. ‘The Crying Game’ is a movie obsessed with misdirection.