from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Maladministration of public office.
- n. Neglect in preventing or reporting a felony or treason by one not an accessory.
- n. An act of sedition against a government or the courts.
- n. Contempt; disdain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Criminal neglect of duty or wrongful execution of official duties.
- n. Misinterpretation or misunderstanding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of misprising; misapprehension; misconception; mistake.
- n. Neglect; undervaluing; contempt.
- n. A neglect, negligence, or contempt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mistake; error; misunderstanding.
- n. In law: Criminal neglect in respect to the crime of another: used especially in connection with felonies and treason, to indicate a passive complicity, as by concealment, which falls short of the guilt of a principal or accessory.
- n. More loosely, any grave offense or misdemeanor having no recognized fixed name, as maladministration in an office of public trust: also termed positive misprision, as distinguished from negative misprision, or mere neglect or concealment.
- n. An act of undervaluing or disdaining; scorn; contempt.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French mesprison, from mespris, past participle of mesprendre, to make a mistake : mes-, wrongly; + prendre, to take, seize (from Latin prehendere, prēndere).
mispris(e) (variant of misprize) + -ion.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman mesprison, mesprisioun et al., from mespris + -ion. (Wiktionary)