American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. law Criminal neglect of duty or wrongful execution of official duties.
- n. Misinterpretation or misunderstanding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Anglo-Norman mesprison, mesprisioun et al., from mespris + -ion. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“The most familiar and popular use of the term misprision describes the failure to report a crime ....”
“If you conceal information, then it becomes what we call misprision of a felony.”
“The former almost certainly accounts for Steiner's fondness for the word misprision”
“Friday he became the first person to be formally charged - also with "misprision" - since the wave of arrests following the coup bid.”
“A qualm, indeed, came across him, when he considered, as a lawyer, that this father was probably, in the eye of law, a traitor; and that there was an ugly crime on the Statute Book, called misprision of treason.”
“The root meaning is “mistake”; misprision comes from the French mesprendre, with prendre meaning “to take.””
“A bill was passed disfranchising all such persons as had voluntarily stayed in neighbourhoods occupied by the British troops; their offence was called misprision of treason.”
“* Not informing civil authorities of a crime is called misprision of felony.”
“misprision" - a legal term meaning concealment of knowledge of treason - for failing to report to authorities that he knew in advance of the coup bid.”
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