misprision

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mis·pri·sion 1

 (mĭs-prĭzh′ən)
n.
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.
4.
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

 (mĭs-prĭzh′ən)
n.
Contempt; disdain.

[mispris(e) (variant of misprize) + -ion.]

misprision

(mɪsˈprɪʒən)
n
(Law)
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]

misprision

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

mis•pri•sion1

(mɪsˈprɪʒ ən)

n.
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]

mis•pri•sion2

(mɪsˈprɪʒ ən)

n.
contempt or scorn.
[1580–90; misprize + -ion, on the model of misprision1]

misprision

improper conduct or neglectful behavior, especially by a person who holds public office.
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References in classic literature ?
Borthrop Trumbull really knew nothing about old Featherstone's will; but he could hardly have been brought to declare any ignorance unless he had been arrested for misprision of treason.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment and loss of goods for misprision of treason, a crime which consisted of someone witnessing treason and failing to report it.
House debate on the Senate bill clarified that suspension of habeas corpus "in certain cases" referred to persons "charged on oath with treason, misprision of treason, or other high crime or misdemeanor." (13) Misprision refers not to treasonous activities but to concealment of treason by someone who did not participate in treason.
This military tribunal had been convened to try Liliuokalani for "misprision of treason," as it was alleged that the queen had concealed knowledge of a treasonous plot to overthrow the Republic of Hawaii--the newest name of the government that had taken power since the overthrow of Liliuokalani in January 1893.
In an earlier decision, the Court had held that the crime of misprision of treason as set forth in a federal statute defining and punishing certain acts committed on the high seas was "necessarily confined to any person or persons owing permanent or temporary allegiance to the United States." United States v.
112, 112-19 (listing treason ([section] 1), misprision of treason ([section] 2), forgery ([section] 14), and other crimes against the state, but making no mention of espionage).