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 ?
These misguided people sacrificed their own lives wantonly, very often made our own plans go astray, and retarded our organization.
It seems, Vasili Andreevich, that we have gone quite astray,' Nikita suddenly remarked, as if it were a pleasant thing.
Even the heart of Zeus, who delights in thunder, is led astray by her; though he is greatest of all and has the lot of highest majesty, she beguiles even his wise heart whensoever she pleases, and mates him with mortal women, unknown to Hera, his sister and his wife, the grandest far in beauty among the deathless goddesses -- most glorious is she whom wily Cronos with her mother Rhea did beget: and Zeus, whose wisdom is everlasting, made her his chaste and careful wife.
First of all she led your cousin astray, and then she ruined yourself.
Fly to a brother's aid whoever he may be, exhort him who goeth astray, raise him that falleth, never bear malice or enmity toward thy brother.
I agreed, in case any rival expeditions came to lead them astray if I could.
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.
The one finished by complete failure what he commenced in the grossest misconception; the other, by a path which could not possibly lead him astray, arrived at a triumph which is not the less glorious because hidden from the profane eyes of the multitude.
They found that they had been led astray and had gone to the wrong place; they discovered that the accepted site is in the city.
They were concerned to find that his reason went astray after this; for he babbled, for a long time, about the generosity and goodness of his brother, and the merry old times when they were at school together.
I have heard of many going astray even in the village streets, when the darkness was so thick that you could cut it with a knife, as the saying is.