mislead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mislead give false or misleading information to
    • v mislead lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lee De Forest, the inventor of the radio tube, was tried for fraud in 1913. He was accused of tricking the public into buying stocks in his company, the Radio Telephone Company, by making "absurd and deliberately misleading" claims about the possibility of transmitting the human voice across the Atlantic Ocean.
    • v. t Mislead mĭs*lēd" To lead into a wrong way or path; to lead astray; to guide into error; to cause to mistake; to deceive. "Trust not servants who mislead or misinform you.""To give due light
      To the mislead and lonely traveler."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mislead To lead or guide wrongly; lead astray; especially, to draw into error: cause to err; delude: as, to mislead an inquirer.
    • mislead To misconduct; misbehave: used reflexively.
    • mislead Synonyms Mislead, Delude. Mislead means to lead wrong, whether with or without design. Delude always, at least figuratively, implies intention to deceive, and that means are used for that purpose. We may be misled through ignorance and in good faith, but we are deluded by false representations. A person may delude himself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mislead mis-lēd′ to guide into error: to cause to mistake
    • pa.p Mislead misled′
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Quotations

  • Anita Brookner
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    “The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.”
  • Robert Armstrong
    Robert Armstrong
    “It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.”
  • Norman Tebbit
    Norman Tebbit
    “Parliament must not be told a direct untruth, but it's quite possible to allow them to mislead themselves.”
  • Herbert Spencer
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    “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
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    “But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mislǣdan,. See Mis-, and Lead to conduct

Usage

In literature:

His friends, however, found nothing in life so misleading as Lord Driffield's diffidence.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The press, without inquiry, begins a detestable cant about labor agitators misleading ignorant men.
"National Being" by (A.E.)George William Russell
The expression of his face suggested ill-health, but this was misleading.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The catch-line of the song is misleading.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
He said the closing sentence was a blind, to mislead in case the paper should fall into wrong hands.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 7." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
At first this reasoning misleads one, but numerous objections present themselves.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883" by Various
I should as soon suspect the light which God has placed in the heaven of misleading me, as I should suspect you.
"Nina Balatka" by Anthony Trollope
She is subtle, and clever, and sly; and these only mislead those who lead simple lives.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
Such a defence of his conduct would be misleading, and might be confuted.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Some will have heard a correct and vivid account of the play, others a vague and misleading summary.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
To call him a Tory would be quite misleading.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
While a second sort, aiming at wit, that wicked misleader, forfeit all title to judgment.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Even the treatment of instincts has been misleading.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
By his own showing, he had a peculiar pleasure in falsifying language, and in misleading and betraying even his friends.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
No secret was made of the ruse they had employed to mislead the prospective pursuers.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Nothing could well be more misleading.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Almighty God, look upon me with pity; so often I have obeyed the thoughts that have been misleading and profitless.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
There would be no need of quarrelling with such a philosophy, were not its use of words rather misleading.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Quacks live by lying and misleading advertisements.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Jesus is a misleader.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
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In poetry:

But O! can humour's giddy range
Mislead the brutal mind?
Can elephants their friendship change,
As fickle as mankind?
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Conduct us as Thou wilt—we know
Thou canst not wander nor mislead;
And in Thy presence while we go,
Our way is bright and blest indeed.
"God's Guidance implored" by John Bowring
The voices of the Day perplex;
Her crossing lights mislead and vex:
We trust ourselves to find Thy way,
Or, proudly free, prefer to stray.
"Winter Midnight" by Lucy Larcom
Thus oft at eve a wandering Fire
Misleads the swain thro' bog and mire,
Withdraws at once its dazzling light,
And leaves him to the howling night.
"Love And Wisdom: A Vision" by Robert Alves
``For Love Profane doth sleeplessly await
Its coming, to mislead it on its way,
Whispering, `Become what Greatness deemeth great,
Till mighty Rulers recognise your sway.'
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
DARK the night, the snow is falling;
Through the storm are voices calling;
Guides mistaken and misleading,
Far from home and help receding:
Vain is all those voices say:
Show me Thy way!
"Show Me Thy Way" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis was putting out misleading information about Piñon Canyon all along the way in his campaign tour last week.
The English title and subtitle of this volume are both rather misleading.
"STANDARD SONGS FOR Average People," the title of the new album from John Prine and Mac Wiseman, is misleading on two counts.
The title, with its possessive, may be misleading.
A state judge stripped a controversial "tax swap" from the November ballot Thursday, saying it would mislead voters about the future of school funding.
As I noted earlier, I would like to see higher tax revenue on Americans earning between $100,000 and $200,000 a year, though many of the arguments about the necessity of doing so are based on incorrect or misleading data.
Oracle Rapped for Misleading Advertising.
A misleading ad on Obama and Israel.
As a Layton city resident I am tired of the misleading statements and outright lies going around about Propositions 2 and 3 concerning the code for West Layton Village.
Misleading healthy food labels that sell.
NCAA claims "misleading information" in Ed O'Bannon lawsuit was selectively released.
BP probe ' self-serving ' and misleading.
Re "Big Tobacco's goal is to mislead people -- again" (Letters, April 29): I agree with the writer April Roeseler.
Romney accused Biden of misleading on Libya.
Actually, that little icon here is a touch misleading, but I took it since it talks about our first news item of the day.
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In science:

This superficial ”algebraic” symmetry of the definitions is misleading.
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading
Is the H -test then worthless, or worse yet, misleading? No.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
The statement is misleading because two separate, but similar, arguments are needed.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Hence, any conclusion about system’s conductivity derived from region (2) should be misleading.
Reply to comment on "Simple one-dimensional model of heat conduction which obeys Fourier's law"
However this agreement may be somewhat misleading here, in the sense that a 60 M⊙ non– rotating model would follow a similar track in the C/N versus C/He plane.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
It is misleading to suggest that the message qubits really carry anything — at best this is a roundabout way of saying that joint properties do12 .
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
But as we have just noted, it is quite possible to mark this asymmetry without needing to invoke talk of containing information, which has potential to mislead.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
The assumption that we must is predicated upon the misleading picture of information as a particular or substance.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
We think that the report in Ref. misleading.
About negative refraction and left handed materials
Somewhat misleadingly the former are commonly qualified as simple.
A Simple General Solution for Maximal Horizontal Range of Projectile Motion
For large N , the value of hCL iN is often misleading, in the sense that some rarely occurring networks with extremely many attractors dominate the average.
Random maps and attractors in random Boolean networks
The names “weak” and “strong” are misleading because the weak quantum consequence operation is the strengthening of the strong quantum consequence operation .
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
No matter what the sampling process is, it has to be included into the analysis from the outset: making inferences from incomplete (in the sense that not all nodes have been sampled) network data may give misleading results.
Sampling properties of random graphs: the degree distribution
But even that statement can be misleading when we consider what comes shortly.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random regular graphs
But that smallness is misleading and the constant following the single logarithm is not necessary small.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
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