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noun mis·pri·sion \(ˌ)mis-ˈpri-zhən\

Definition of misprision

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

  2. 2 :  misunderstanding, misinterpretation

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Origin and Etymology of misprision

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


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misprision

noun mis·pri·sion

Definition of misprision

Origin and Etymology of misprision

misprize


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misprision

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noun mis·pri·sion \mis-ˈpri-zhən\

Legal Definition of misprision

  1. 1 :  neglectful or wrongful performance of an official duty

  2. 2 :  a clerical error in a legal proceeding that can be corrected in a summary proceeding

  3. 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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