astray


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Related to astray: lead astray, go astray

a·stray

 (ə-strā′)
adv.
1. Away from the correct path or direction: an improperly addressed letter that went astray.
2. Away from the right or good, as in thought or behavior; straying to or into wrong or evil ways.

[Middle English, from Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, to stray; see stray.]

a·stray′ adj.

astray

(əˈstreɪ)
adj, adv (postpositive)
1. out of the correct path or direction
2. out of the right, good, or expected way; into error
[C13: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray]

a•stray

(əˈstreɪ)

adv., adj.
1. out of the right way; off the correct or known path or route: to go astray and get lost.
2. away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought: to be led astray.
[1250–1300; Middle English astraye < Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; see stray]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.astray - away from the right path or directionastray - away from the right path or direction; "he was led astray"
2.astray - far from the intended targetastray - far from the intended target; "the arrow went wide of the mark"; "a bullet went astray and killed a bystander"

astray

adjective & adverb off the right track, adrift, off course, off the mark, amiss Many items of mail being sent to her have gone astray.
lead someone astray lead into sin, lead into error, lead into bad ways, lead into wrong, lead off the straight and narrow The judge thought he'd been led astray by others.

astray

adverb
Not in the right way or on the proper course:
adjective
1. Unable to find the correct way or place to go:
2. Not in accordance with what is usual or expected:
Translations
شارِد، تائِه، ضال
z cestyzbloudilý
gå tabtlede på afveje
téves irányba
tÿndur, sem hefur fariî afleiîis
klaidingaipaklydęs
nomaldījies
zablúdený
kaybolmuşkayıpyolunu şaşırmış

astray

[əˈstreɪ] ADV
1. (lit) to go astray (= get lost) → extraviarse
2. (fig) to go astray (= make a mistake) → equivocarse; (morally) → ir por mal camino
to lead sb astrayllevar a algn por mal camino
I was led astray by his voicesu voz me despistó

astray

[əˈstreɪ] adv
to go astray (= become lost) [person, object] → s'égarer (fig) [person] → quitter le droit chemin
to go astray in one's calculations → faire fausse route dans ses calculs
to lead sb astray (= corrupt) → détourner qn du droit chemin (= mislead) → mettre qn sur une fausse piste

astray

adjverloren; to go astray (person) (lit)vom Weg abkommen; (fig: morally) → vom rechten Weg abkommen, auf Abwege geraten; (letter, object)verloren gehen; (= go wrong: in argument etc) → irregehen; to lead somebody astray (fig)jdn vom rechten Weg abbringen; (= mislead)jdn irreführen

astray

[əˈstreɪ] adv to go astrayperdere la strada, smarrirsi, perdersi; (morally) → mettersi su una cattiva strada, traviarsi
to go astray in one's calculations → sbagliare i calcoli
to lead sb astray → portare qn su una cattiva strada

astray

(əˈstrei) adjective, adverb
away from the right direction; missing, lost. The letter has gone astray; We were led astray by the inaccurate map.
References in classic literature ?
As he glanced from Jo to several other young people, attracted by the brilliancy of the philosophic pyrotechnics, he knit his brows and longed to speak, fearing that some inflammable young soul would be led astray by the rockets, to find when the display was over that they had only an empty stick or a scorched hand.
I agreed, in case any rival expeditions came to lead them astray if I could.
If you judge of Indian cunning by the rules you find in books, or by white sagacity, they will lead you astray, if not to your death," returned Hawkeye, examining the signs of the place with that acuteness which distinguished him.
A mere observer, like myself (who never have any intuitions, and am, at best, only subtile and acute), is pretty certain to go astray.
She had led her friend astray, and it would be a reproach to her for ever; but her judgment was as strong as her feelings, and as strong as it had ever been before, in reprobating any such alliance for him, as most unequal and degrading.
Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughby's deserts;-- she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray.
In the midst of the action he went astray, and, with another deep sigh, fell to work at his shoemaking.
All the rest of that day, and from morning to night afterwards, she sat at that desk, scratching composedly with a hard pen, speaking in the same imperturbable whisper to everybody; never relaxing a muscle of her face, or softening a tone of her voice, or appearing with an atom of her dress astray.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
Oh, niece of mine," replied Don Quixote, "how much astray art thou in thy reckoning: ere they shear me I shall have plucked away and stripped off the beards of all who dare to touch only the tip of a hair of mine.
Candor will oblige us to admit that even such men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be doubted that much of the opposition which has made its appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable -- the honest errors of minds led astray by preconceived jealousies and fears.
I should have felt quite astray doing the work if I had to write with a pen.