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 for Misprision
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Misprision \Mis*pri"sion\, n. [LL. misprisio, or OF. mesprison,
     prop., a mistaking, but confused with OF. mespris contempt,
     F. m['e]pris. See 2d Misprise, Misprize, Prison.]
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     1. The act of misprising; misapprehension; misconception;
        mistake. [Archaic] --Fuller.
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              The misprision of this passage has aided in
              fostering the delusive notion.        --Hare.
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     2. Neglect; undervaluing; contempt. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. (Law) A neglect, negligence, or contempt.
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     Note: In its larger and older sense it was used to signify
           "every considerable misdemeanor which has not a certain
           name given to it in the law." --Russell.
           In a more modern sense it is applied exclusively to two
           offenses: 
           1.
  
     Misprision of treason, which is omission to notify the
        authorities of an act of treason by a person cognizant
        thereof. --Stephen.
        2.
  
     Misprision of felony, which is a concealment of a felony by
        a person cognizant thereof. --Stephen.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MISPRISION, crim. law. 1. In its larger sense, this word is used to signify 
  every considerable misdemeanor, which has not a certain name given to it in 
  the law; and it is said that a misprision is contained in every treason or 
  felony whatever. 2. In its narrower sense it is the concealment of a crime. 
       2. Misprision of treason, is the concealment of treason, by being 
  merely passive; Act of Congress of April 30, 1790, 1 Story's L. U. S. 83; 1 
  East, P. C. 139; for if any assistance be given, to the traitor, it makes 
  the party a principal, as there is no accessories in treason. 
       3. Misprision of felony, is the like concealment of felony, without 
  giving any degree of maintenance to the felon; Act of Congress of April 30, 
  1790, s. 6, 1 Story's L. U. S. 84; for if any aid be given him, the party 
  becomes an accessory after the fact. 
       4. It is the duty of every good citizen, knowing of a treason or felony 
  having been committed; to inform a magistrate. Silently to observe the 
  commission of a felony, without using any endeavors to apprehend the 
  offender, is a misprision. 1 Russ. on Cr. 43; Hawk. P. C. c. 59, s. 6; Id. 
  Book 1, c. s. 1; 4 Bl. Com. 119. 
       5. Misprisions which are merely positive, are denominated contempts or 
  high misdemeanors; as, for example, dissuading a witness from giving 
  evidence. 4 Bl. Com. 126. 
  
  

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