mis·pri·sion /mis-'pri-zhən/ n [Anglo-French, error, wrongdoing, from Old French, from mesprendre to make a mistake, from mes- wrongly + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to seize]
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

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun contempt, delinquency, deviation from rectitude, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, malversation, misconduct, misdeed, misfeasance, neglect, negligence, obstruction of justice, offense, transgression, violation, wrongful action of a public official associated concepts: clerical misprision, misprision of felony, misprision of treason II index contempt (disdain), crime, delict, delinquency (failure of duty), dereliction, guilt, misconduct, misdoing, neglect, nonfeasance, offense

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The failure to perform a public duty.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The failure to perform a public duty.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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  • misprision — (n.) wrong action, a failure on the part of authority, early 15c., from Anglo Fr. mesprisioun mistake, error, wrong action or speech, from O.Fr. mesprision mistake, wrongdoing, fault, blame, crime, from mespris, pp. of mesprendre to mistake, act… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • misprision — 1. n. Law 1 (in full misprision of a felony or of treason) the deliberate concealment of one s knowledge of a crime, treason, etc. 2 a wrong action or omission. Etymology: ME f. AF mesprisioun f. OF mesprison error f. mesprendre to mistake (as… …   Useful english dictionary

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