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Lead astray   /lɛd əstrˈeɪ/   Listen
Lead astray

Teach immoral behavior to.  Synonym: lead off.
Lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions.  Synonyms: misdirect, misguide, mislead.
Cause someone to believe an untruth.  Synonyms: betray, deceive.

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"Lead astray" Quotes from Famous Books

... reason the novelties from abroad and he was clever in assimilating them perfectly, yet he presented the spectacle of a thoroughly French artist whom neither the Lorelei of the Rhine nor the sirens of the Mediterranean could lead astray. He was a virtuoso of the orchestra, yet he never sacrificed the voices for the instruments, nor did he sacrifice orchestral color for the voices. Finally, he had the greatest gift of all, that of life, a gift which cannot be defined, but which the public always recognizes and which assures ...
— Musical Memories • Camille Saint-Saens

... even now?" and again he thought of those dearest ones now so angry with him, whose loyalty to old France and her kings was a part of their religion, and whom no present brilliancy of conquest and fame could dazzle or lead astray. ...
— Angelot - A Story of the First Empire • Eleanor Price

... seemest one whose spirit is so balanced that what men call prosperity will not hurt thee. But affection is blind, and my heart may deceive me, and therefore will I wait until He speaks who cannot lead astray or deceive." ...
— The Lost Hunter - A Tale of Early Times • John Turvill Adams

... (1737-1794), though not always exact, was remarkably extensive, and sufficient to make him a trustworthy guide, unless in those points where he was inclined to lead astray. There is a patrician haughtiness in the stately march of his narrative and in the air of careless superiority with which he treats his heroes and his audience. He is a master in the art of painting and narration, nor ...
— Handbook of Universal Literature - From The Best and Latest Authorities • Anne C. Lynch Botta

... Through clouds of doubt and fear, I ask but 'neath your guidance My pathway may appear. However long the journey, How hard soe'er it be, Though I be lone and weary, Lead on, I'll follow thee. I know thy blessed radiance Can never lead astray, However ancient custom May tread some other way. E'en if through untrod desert Or over trackless sea, Though I be lone and weary, Lead on, I'll follow thee. The bleeding feet of martyr Thy toilsome road have trod; But fires of human passion May lead the way to God. Then, ...
— Our Unitarian Gospel • Minot Savage

... detailed character and readier villany. The trick has been adopted; the favourite has grown fast. He has become the Vice. Compared with him the rest of the Vices appear foolish fellows whom it is his delight to plague and lead astray. So supreme is he in wickedness that he has even been given the Devil himself as his godfather, uncle, playmate. It is his duty to keep alive the natural wickedness in man, to set snares and evil mischances before the feet of simpler folk, to teach ...
— The Growth of English Drama • Arnold Wynne

... secret friends of the Mahdi? And I tell you that the farther south we go the more of them we will find. There, tribes and their sheiks are only waiting for the favorable moment to seize the sword in defense of the true faith. These alone will supply water, food, and camels, and lead astray the pursuit. In truth, we know that it is far to the Mahdi, but we know also that every day brings us nearer to the sheep's hide on which the ...
— In Desert and Wilderness • Henryk Sienkiewicz

Words linked to "Lead astray" :   debase, pull the wool over someone's eyes, subvert, debauch, lead by the nose, pervert, lead, dupe, direct, deprave, gull, slang, take, put one across, snow, take in, bamboozle, vitiate, befool, play false, profane, fool, put on, corrupt, conduct, put one over, demoralize, hoodwink, cod, undeceive, impersonate, misinform, pose, demoralise, guide, personate, betray, deceive

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