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mis·pri·sion 1

1. Neglect in performing the duties of public office.
2. Law The criminal offense of concealing, or neglecting to report or prevent, a felony or act of treason one had knowledge of but did not participate in: misprision of a felony; misprision of treason.
3. Seditious conduct.
a. Misunderstanding or misinterpretation: "to show that everything once viewed as truth and light is no more than shadow and misprision" (Edward Rothstein).
b. A misreading or misinterpretation of a text, especially as a means of distinguishing oneself from a literary predecessor.

[Middle English, illegal act on the part of a public official, from Anglo-Norman, mistake, misdeed, variant of Old French mesprison, from mespris, past participle of mesprendre, to make a mistake : mes-, wrongly; see mis-1 + prendre, to take, seize (from Latin prehendere, prēndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).]

mis·pri·sion 2

Contempt; disdain.

[mispris(e) (variant of misprize) + -ion.]
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a. a failure to inform the proper authorities of the commission of an act of treason
b. the deliberate concealment of the commission of a felony
[C15: via Anglo-French from Old French mesprision error, from mesprendre to mistake, from mes- mis-1 + prendre to take]


1. (Law) contempt
2. failure to appreciate the value of something
[C16: from misprize]
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(mɪsˈprɪʒ ən)

1. a neglect or violation of official duty by one in office.
2. failure by one not an accessory to prevent or notify the authorities of treason or felony.
3. a contempt against the government or courts, as sedition or contempt of court.
4. a mistake; misunderstanding.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French mesprision=mes- mis-1 + prision < Latin pr(eh)ēnsiōnem; see prehension]


(mɪsˈprɪʒ ən)

contempt or scorn.
[1580–90; misprize + -ion, on the model of misprision1]
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improper conduct or neglectful behavior, especially by a person who holds public office.
See also: Crime
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Ciociola, Misprision of Felony and Its Progeny, 41 BRANDEIS L.J.
The BIA continued to make comparisons between misprision and accessory after the fact to bolster its conclusion that misprisior is a CIMT despite stating that "[such] comparative distinctions between misprision of felony and accessory after the fact do not inform or dictate our moral turpitude analysis." Id.
He earlier pleaded guilty to a crime known as "misprision of felony," which occurs when someone conceals or fails to report a felony crime.
Glazebrook, Misprision of Felony: Shadow or Phantom?, 8 AM.
(23.) See Curenton, supra note 20, at 184 (explaining liability for partial disclosure of felonies); see also Carl Wilson Mullis III, Comment, Misprision of Felony: A Reappraisal, 23 EMORY L.J.
1787, 1791 (1985) (contending mere failure to report crime is not sufficient for conviction), with George Golberg, Misprision of Felony: An Old Concept in a New Context, 52 A.B.A.
(1) Margalit Har-Shefi was convicted of misprision of felony (2) for not informing the police of what she knew concerning Amir's intention to assassinate the Prime Minister.
The offense of misprision of felony, as defined in Israeli law, is exceptional in being an offense of omission that imposes a duty to inform the police of another's intention to commit a felony or a duty to take other reasonable steps to prevent that felony.
In this light, how can one explain and justify the existence of offenses like misprision of felony that impose a duty to inform, or to take other reasonable measures, upon any person who knows of a plan to commit a felony, even when that person is in no other way connected to the situation?
This silence is of interest because in many jurisdictions psychotherapists at least in theory might be prosecuted for common law misprision of felony or violation of a reporting statute.
The common law crime of misprision of felony consists of failing to report a felony.
Misprision of felony is prohibited by a federal statute providing: