Definition of Lead astray

1. Verb. Teach immoral behavior to. "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"

2. Verb. Lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions. "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
Exact synonyms: Misdirect, Misguide, Mislead
Generic synonyms: Conduct, Direct, Guide, Lead, Take
Derivative terms: Misdirection, Misleader

3. Verb. Cause someone to believe an untruth. "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"

Definition of Lead astray

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause (someone) to believe an untruth. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To misguide or misdirect. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lead Astray

lead-acid accumulator
lead-acid battery
lead-pipe cinch
lead-pipe rigidity
lead acetate
lead anaemia
lead arsenate
lead astray (current term)
lead bank
lead by the nose
lead carbonate
lead character
lead chromate
lead colic
lead dog
lead down a garden path
lead encephalitis
lead encephalopathy
lead fiddle
lead gout
lead guitar

Literary usage of Lead astray

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of John C. Calhoun by John Caldwell Calhoun, Richard Kenner Crallé (1851)
"... to cast a mist over our system of government, and to confound and lead astray the minds of the community as to a true conception of its real character, ..."

2. The Autobiography, Times, Opinions, and Contemporaries of Sir Egerton by Sir Egerton Brydges (1834)
"... and blaze of genius—Rarity of genius not to be accounted for—Mechanism will lead astray from true poetry— Wearisomeness of secondary poets—Only one good ..."

3. Diary of Ten Years Eventful Life of an Early Settler in Western Australia by George Fletcher Moore (1884)
"Watch well, lest on the way, Passion suffice thee, Ambition lead astray, Pleasure entice thee. ... lead astray ..."

4. The Teaching of Jesus about the Future According to the Synoptic Gospels by Henry Burton Sharman (1908)
"C For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and won- ders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. ..."

5. A Geographical, Historical, Commercial, and Agricultural View of the United by Daniel Blowe (1820)
"We must not suppose that the love of conquest, that fatal passion, will master or lead astray the councils of a nation, which, setting out from a line of ..."

6. A Disquisition on Government by John Caldwell Calhoun (1851)
"... to cast a mist over our system of government, and to confound and lead astray the minds of the community as to a true conception of its real character, ..."

7. The Lounger's Common-place Book: Or Miscellaneous Collections in History by Jeremiah Whitaker Newman (1838)
"When passions, fancy, oft' will lead astray, Blest be that art which guides our youthful hours, To eminence helps up the arduous way, ..."

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