- The definition of a miscreant is an evil person or a person who behaves badly, gets into trouble and breaks the law.
A troublemaker who is always getting arrested is an example of a miscreant.
- villainous; evil
- Archaic unbelieving or heretical
Origin: OFr, unbelieving from mes- (see mis-) plush creant, present participle of croire, to believe from Classical Latin credere: see creed
- an evil person; criminal; villain
- Archaic an unbeliever or heretic
- miscreancy noun
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- An evildoer; a villain.
- An infidel; a heretic.
Origin: Middle English miscreaunt, heretic, from Old French mescreant, present participle of mescroire, to disbelieve : mes-, wrongly, not; see mis-1 + croire, to believe (from Latin crēdere; see kerd- in Indo-European roots).
- misˈcre·ant adjective