• WordNet 3.6
    • v misdirect put a wrong address on "misdirect the letter"
    • v misdirect lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
    • v misdirect corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality "debauch the young people with wine and women","Socrates was accused of corrupting young men","Do school counselors subvert young children?","corrupt the morals"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Misdirect To give a wrong direction to; as, to misdirect a passenger, or a letter; to misdirect one's energies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misdirect To direct wrongly. To give erroneous information or instruction to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misdirect mis-di-rekt′ to direct wrongly
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  • Emma Goldman
    “Crime is naught but misdirected energy.”


In literature:

It is no objection to all this to say that we are unconscious of this neglect or misdirection of our powers.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
What is the misdirection?
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
This fatal result of an enthusiasm for classical literature was hastened and heightened by the misdirection of the powers of art.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
They will misdirect you for what the vulgar call "a lark," meaning, in this connection, a jest at your expense.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
The heavy hit may come off occasionally, the clumsy guard may turn the point, but why misdirect energy?
"Broad-Sword and Single-Stick" by R. G. Allanson-Winn
Of these talents there is no doubt, though they were initially somewhat limited and not seldom misdirected afterwards.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
The fury of the savages bore some similarity to the ricochet forces of the misdirected cannon-ball.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
In the tragedy of misdirected genius she filled a pathetic role.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Private letters sometimes got misdirected and mislaid, but never bills.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
At any time your office feels my efforts are misdirected, my resignation is available.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

III Valour misdirected ‘I'll hunt for dangers North and South,
‘To prove my love, which sloth maligns!’
What seems to say her rosy mouth?
‘I'm not convinced by proofs but signs.’
"The Angel In The House. Book II. Canto IV." by Coventry Patmore
It was a misdirected wire.
Her husband was at Shaitanpore.
She spread her anger, hot as fire,
Through six thin foreign sheets or more.
Sent off that letter, wrote another
To her solicitor — and mother.
"The Mare's Nest" by Rudyard Kipling
Yet may it not be, crime and war
But effort misdirected are?
And if there's good in war and crime,
There may be in my bits of rhyme,
My songs from out the slaughter mill:
So take or leave them as you will.
"Forward" by Robert W Service

In news:

Opposition to capital punishment is misdirected.
For the last year and a half, his company's phone lines have been inundated by misdirected Verizon customers.
Protest against Congregation Bonai Shalom is misdirected.
Misdirection is central to Obama's campaign.
LeBron's days of misdirection are now over.
ODOT director's misdirection on Inner Belt is a long detour from candor.
Prince George's public registry shows county's priorities are misdirected.
A couple of board votes are all that is needed to end a dispute Blair Oaks School District and Jefferson City over misdirected tax money.
Media last week rife with stories of misdirection.
Sunday's 122-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks was a sucker punch finale to a season steeped in misdirection.
After a bit of misdirection, Stoneleigh on receiving end of $10,000 NFL grant.
The US moral compass has been misdirected.
He's always trying to get an advantage and misdirection.
He has judged an entire religion with one fell swoop of his misdirected keyboard.
In some things I like to run, like double pick-and-rolls, and triples, and misdirection plays and things of that...

In science:

Our task is to design the question to the nodes such that we can locate the adversary, despite its possible misdirection.
Subspace Properties of Network Coding and their Applications
Beyond a limited group of its active exponents, the proposal probably appeared to many to be a misdirection of the limited opportunities of space funding.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
From the results of the Spoofed Project [MIT Advanced Network Architecture Group 2007; Beverly and Bauer 2005] it is concluded that IP Spoofing continues to be a mammoth problem in today internet world. It is still a prospective tool used by malicious users for attack and misdirection.
CNoA: Challenging Number Approach for uncovering TCP SYN flooding using SYN spoofing attack