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What is a person who has gone astray called?

This basically refers to the person who is not following the path to success but has gone astray . For instance these lines from the psalm of life depict a person who has gone astray : "A forlorn and shipwrecked brother "

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  • Only noun I can think of is "lost soul." – Kolibrie May 19 '16 at 14:33
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  • Usually, a person who has gone astray is called a stray. – Kit Z. Fox May 19 '16 at 14:51
  • @KitZ.Fox but if a kid brings home a stray, the parents would be surprised if it were a human instead of a cat or dog :P – oerkelens May 19 '16 at 15:18
  • As evidenced by the only answer posted thus far, He has gone astray would normally be understood as a somewhat metaphoric usage meaning He's started doing things that are undesirable / harmful to his future wellbeing, rather than a straightforward literal statement about the fact that he's (accidentally) deviated from his intended (spatial) route to get from from point A to point B. – FumbleFingers May 19 '16 at 15:47
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A person can "go off the rails", which means they may have started to behave out of line, in an unacceptable way, or they are not conforming or performing to the standards expected of them (by society).

Example: If a child starts skipping school and falls in with a bad crowd, you might say they have gone off the rails.