- a mistake, now esp. one due to misreading, either deliberate or unintended, or to misunderstanding
- scorn; contempt
- misconduct or neglect of duty, esp. by a public official
- act of contempt against a government or court
Origin of misprisionMiddle English mesprision from Old French from past participle of mesprendre, to take wrongly from mes-, mis- + prendre from Classical Latin prehendere, to take: see prehensile
- Neglect in performing the duties of public office.
- Law The criminal offense of concealing, or neglecting to report or prevent, a felony or act of treason one had knowledge of but did not participate in: misprision of a felony; misprision of treason.
- Seditious conduct.
- a. Misunderstanding or misinterpretation: “to show that everything once viewed as truth and light is no more than shadow and misprision” ( Edward Rothstein )b. A misreading or misinterpretation of a text, especially as a means of distinguishing oneself from a literary predecessor.
Origin of misprisionMiddle English illegal act on the part of a public official from Anglo-Norman mistake, misdeed variant of Old French mesprison from mespris past participle of mesprendre to make a mistake mes- wrongly ; see mis- 1. prendre to take, seize ( from Latin prehendere, prēndere ; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.)
Origin of misprisionmispris(e) (variant of misprize ) -ion
- misprision of felony
- misprision of treason
Negative misprision is misprision by neglect of duty, notably a duty to report information about a felony or treason. Positive misprision is maladministration or the commission of other serious offence falling short of actual felony or treason.
From Anglo-Norman mesprison, mesprisioun et al., from mespris + -ion.