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Misprision, 1) the taking one thing for another, mistake, error: “thyself thou gavest, thy own worth then not knowing, or me, to whom thou gavest it, else mistaking; so thy great gift, upon m. growing, comes home again, on better judgment making,” Sonn. 87, 11. “there is some strange m. in the princes,” Ado IV, 1, 187. “a fever in your blood! why, then incision would let her out in saucers: sweet m.” LLL IV, 3, 98. “of thy m. must perforce ensue some true love turned,” Mids. III, 2, 90. “m. in the highest degree,” Tw. I, 5, 61.*“envy, therefore, or m. is guilty of this fault,” H4A I, 3, 27.
2) undervaluing, contempt: “proud scornful boy that dost in vile m. shackle up my love and her desert,” All's II, 3, 159.
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