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.
See also: Crime