misprision was our Word of the Day on 09/07/2008. Hear the podcast!
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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
Origin and Etymology of 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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