law·​break·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \

Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who violates the law

Other Words from lawbreaker

lawbreaking \ ˈlȯ-​ˌbrā-​kiŋ How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of lawbreaker in a Sentence

He admitted to being a lawbreaker. legislation that mandates lengthy prison sentences for chronic lawbreakers
Recent Examples on the Web Charlie Hunnam is no stranger to playing a lawbreaker. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 14 Sep. 2022 The lawbreaker-as-hero model rings differently in an age of Trumpian politics and practices, of open insurrection and a near-coup. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 May 2022 The life trials of the cursing lawbreaker make an honestly vulgar tale. Armond White, National Review, 20 Apr. 2022 For many, Tuesday’s decision by London’s Metropolitan Police to fine the prime minister has confirmed that narrative, exposing him not just as a lawbreaker but also as someone who misled Parliament by denying that parties took place. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 The approach of a drug dog might even compel a wavering lawbreaker to give himself up. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Since May, the Australian national, 48, has been locked up at Belmarsh Prison, a facility that houses some of Britain's most dangerous lawbreakers. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2020 At that point, any juvenile lawbreakers who are sentenced to custody will be placed in a county juvenile hall or alternative local setting. Bob Egelko,, 24 May 2020 When some of the wounded and the families of the slain brought a civil suit, the defense framed them as threatening lawbreakers, and defended the officers as heroes protecting their community. Nancy K. Bristow, Time, 14 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of lawbreaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2022

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“Lawbreaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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law·​break·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce lawbreaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of lawbreaker

: a person who breaks the law

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