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.
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.
In fact, Harold Bloom would call them “strong writers,” engaging in a kind of misprision necessary for their own development.