(also misprision of treason or felony)
nounLaw , chiefly historical
The deliberate concealment of one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony.
- Howard was convicted of misprision of treason but pardoned in 1544.
- Justice Dowd on behalf of the International Commission of Jurists also drew the Committee's attention to proposed paragraph 80.1, which creates an offence that used to be called ‘misprision of felony’.
- The effect of this was to remove the offence of misprision of felony, which includes the offence of failing to report a crime.
late Middle English: from Old French mesprision 'error', from mesprendre, from mes- 'wrongly' + prendre 'to take'.
noun[mass noun] rare
Failure to appreciate or recognize the value or identity of something: he despised himself for his misprision
More example sentences
- He says that the anxiety of influence comes out of a complex misreading of earlier writers; a creative interpretation that he calls ‘poetic misprision.’
- To become Rowley at a second degree, constituted retrospectively in an act of textual misprision even as the fiction of Rowley itself is dispelled, he must of course cede any remaining hold on a stable authorial identity.
- That artworks can be erroneously explicated by their producers is self-evident to historians of contemporary art, whose very existence is predicated on such misprision.