misdirection etymology

English word misdirection comes from English direction, English mis- (Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.)

Detailed word origin of misdirection

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
direction English (eng) (archaic) An address.. A theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination.. An general trend for future action.. Guidance, instruction.. The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
mis- English (eng) Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.
misdirection English (eng) (UK, legal) An error of law within a judgement committed by a judge or judges of a lower court, particularly as found by an appeals court. An act of misleading, of convincing someone to concentrate in an incorrect direction.

Words with the same origin as misdirection

Descendants of mis-
misapprehension misappropriation misbehavior miscalculation misconception misconduct misdirect misfit misfortune mishap misinterpret misinterpretation misjudge mismanagement mismatch misprint misrepresentation misstep mistreat mistreatment mistrial mistrust misunderstand misuse