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mis·​pri·​sion | \ (ˌ)mis-ˈpri-zhən How to pronounce misprision (audio) \

Definition of misprision

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : neglect or wrong performance of official duty
b : concealment of treason or felony by one who is not a participant in the treason or felony
c : seditious conduct against the government or the courts


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Definition of misprision (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of misprision

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misprision

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French mesprisun error, wrongdoing, from mesprendre to take by mistake, from mes- mis- + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to seize — more at get

Noun (2)


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“Misprision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misprision. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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mis·​pri·​sion | \ mis-ˈpri-zhən How to pronounce misprision (audio) \

Legal Definition of misprision

1 : neglectful or wrongful performance of an official duty
2 : a clerical error in a legal proceeding that can be corrected in a summary proceeding
3 : the concealment of a treason or felony and failure to report it to the prosecuting authorities by a person who has not committed it misprision of felony misprision of treason

History and Etymology for misprision

Anglo-French, error, wrongdoing, from Old French, from mesprendre to make a mistake, from mes- wrongly + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to seize

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