A troublemaker who is always getting arrested is an example of a miscreant.
- villainous; evil
- Archaic unbelieving or heretical
Origin of miscreantOFr, unbelieving from mes- (see mis-) + creant, present participle of croire, to believe from Classical Latin credere: see creed
- an evil person; criminal; villain
- Archaic an unbeliever or heretic
- One who behaves badly, often by breaking rules of conduct or the law.
- Archaic One who does not believe in a certain religion; an infidel or heretic.
Origin of miscreantMiddle 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.)
(comparative more miscreant, superlative most miscreant)
From Old French mescreant (1080) "mis-believer", present participle of mescroire "to misbelieve" (modern mÃ©croire).