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misdirection (n.)

1736, "wrong direction, erroneous guidance," from mis- (1) "bad, wrong" + direction. Meaning "action of a conjurer, thief, etc. to distract someone" is from 1943.

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Definitions of misdirection from WordNet

misdirection (n.)
an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge;
misdirection (n.)
incorrect directions or instructions;
misdirection (n.)
management that is careless or inefficient;
Synonyms: mismanagement
misdirection (n.)
the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something;
conjurers are experts at misdirection
Synonyms: distraction
From wordnet.princeton.edu