Monday, 24 September 2012

Entry: misprision (n.)

In context: "Everything mental for Gately was kind of befogged and prone to misprision for well into his first year."

Definition: There are a surprising number of (interesting!) definitions for this word.  I'll include several, starting with the most relevant:

More generally: the mistaking of one thing for another; a misunderstanding; a mistake.

Malformation, regarded as a mistake on the part of Nature; an instance of this.

Literary Criticism. Harold Bloom's term for: (an) unconscious misreading or misinterpretation of a text.

Mistaken or unjust suspicion; an instance of this.

Law. A wrongful act or omission; spec. a misdemeanour or failure of duty by a public official.

Other: Happy birthday mom!  (Though, I know you're not reading this - but happy birthday anyway!)

SNOOT score: 2
Page: 465

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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