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tr.v. mis·led (-lĕd′), mis·lead·ing, mis·leads
1. To lead in the wrong direction.
2. To give a wrong impression or lead toward a wrong conclusion, especially by intentionally deceiving. See Synonyms at deceive.

mis·lead′er n.
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Noun1.misleader - someone who leads astray (often deliberately)misleader - someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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References in classic literature ?
There is another thing:--young men of the richer classes, who have not much to do, come about me of their own accord; they like to hear the pretenders examined, and they often imitate me, and proceed to examine others; there are plenty of persons, as they quickly discover, who think that they know something, but really know little or nothing; and then those who are examined by them instead of being angry with themselves are angry with me: This confounded Socrates, they say; this villainous misleader of youth!-- and then if somebody asks them, Why, what evil does he practise or teach?
And it is not those who lead OUT OF danger that please you best, but those who lead you away from all paths, the misleaders. But if such longing in you be ACTUAL, it seemeth to me nevertheless to be IMPOSSIBLE.
In addition, Alkan (16) recognized that AGR was not a predictor but a misleader because AGR can be affected by multiple factors.
Leaders can mislead, in which case they are not leaders but misleaders. Political science wants to be neutral, but "leader" is no more neutral a term than "misleader." The ascription of the term "leaders" to misleaders is misleading.
(21) Peter Corbin and Douglas Sedge, however, advance the idea that William Brooke's opposition to Oldcastle was really designed to support the players: "If the complaint were his, it is plausible that it was designed as much to cool the temper of the 'Puritan' city authorities' campaign against the theaters which, in 1596/97, was vociferous and proving to be effective, as to protect his own reputation." (22) Gary Taylor asserts that "Shakespeare's identification of a hypocritical fat 'misleader of youth' with a revered Lollard martyr deeply offended many Protestants.
They have lied to the people and treated them with utter contempt.Biffo is not a leader, after the lies of this week he is a misleader.
King Henry IV stood upon the upstage steps from which he had descended to begin the play; King Henry V sat upon his father's throne, the former site of holiday carnival; and Falstaff, the white-bearded misleader of youth, sat alone, abandoned, in the center of the vacant stage.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was just such a "foreigner." Two days after Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933, Bonhoeffer was speaking on the radio and differentiated between a leader (Fuhrer) and a misleader (Verfuhrer).
The market for such exposes is glutted (with important texts like John Dean's Worse Than Watergate, Joe Conason's Big Lies, Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling, John Newhouse's Imperial America, Clyde Prestowitz's Rogue Nation, Benjamin Barber's Fear's Empire and websites like MisLeader.org) and, given that 'Bush II' will complete his erratic and embarrassing second term, it is difficult to fathom the rationale for this rather tedious pseudo-bible of bullet-points, bold headings and rant-boxes to tell us what most informed people already know, at least in broad brush.
"To the Jews he is but a desecrator, a misleader and seducer, a traitor to all that is most precious and holy, a corrupter of the House of Israel, an incendiary of the Holy Temple." (48)
In many ways a fine carrier that in recent years cut through much airline bad practice, 20 plus ASA complaints over the last four years does indicate that Ryanair is a serial misleader. http://www.asa.org.uk Dec 20, 2004