Miscreant meaning

mĭskrē-ənt
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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.

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One who behaves badly, often by breaking rules of conduct or the law.
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Villainous; evil.
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One who does not believe in a certain religion; an infidel or heretic.
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Unbelieving or heretical.
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Lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous.
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An evil person; criminal; villain.
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An unbeliever or heretic.
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One who has behaved badly, or illegally.

The teacher sent the miscreants to see the school principal.

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One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.

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(theology) Holding an incorrect religious belief.
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(theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.

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Origin of miscreant

  • Middle English miscreaunt heretic from Old French mescreant present participle of mescroire to disbelieve mes- wrongly, not mis–1 croire to believe (from Latin crēdere kerd- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French mescreant (1080) "mis-believer", present participle of mescroire "to misbelieve" (modern mécroire).

    From Wiktionary