miscreant

adjective
mis·​cre·​ant | \ ˈmis-krē-ənt How to pronounce miscreant (audio) \

Definition of miscreant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : unbelieving, heretical miscreant pagans
2 : depraved, villainous miscreant behavior miscreant gangs

miscreant

noun

Definition of miscreant (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : one who behaves criminally or viciously

Examples of miscreant in a Sentence

Noun He supports tough penalties against corporate miscreants. halt, vile miscreant, and face justice!
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In contrast, the editorial points to Detroit police as being appropriately aggressive in stopping miscreant drivers. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2022 SkySafe, a San Diego startup that makes technology to protect airspace around airports, stadiums and critical infrastructure from miscreant drones, has raised $30 million in a second round of venture capital funding. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 In fact, Whitman’s imaginary westerner, a patriot who repudiated party politics and miscreant politicians, differed sharply from the actual Lincoln, who was a politician to his marrow. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 In fact, Whitman’s imaginary westerner, a patriot who repudiated party politics and miscreant politicians, differed sharply from the actual Lincoln, who was a politician to his marrow. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 In fact, Whitman’s imaginary westerner, a patriot who repudiated party politics and miscreant politicians, differed sharply from the actual Lincoln, who was a politician to his marrow. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 In fact, Whitman’s imaginary westerner, a patriot who repudiated party politics and miscreant politicians, differed sharply from the actual Lincoln, who was a politician to his marrow. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 In fact, Whitman’s imaginary westerner, a patriot who repudiated party politics and miscreant politicians, differed sharply from the actual Lincoln, who was a politician to his marrow. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 Fred is dead, his headless body hanging on the wall where miscreant handmaids were hung. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One miscreant falls, another rises, and the song remains the same. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2022 The driver doesn’t like the driving antics of this upcoming miscreant. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Three months in, his captors threw into his cell a Long Island miscreant named Matthew Schrier, who had done time in the United States and come to Syria as a photojournalist. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2021 Attempting to quell conspiracy theories, his chief of police proclaimed that the government had not poisoned the drinking water—but that miscreants may have done so. Maurice Samuels, Time, 15 May 2020 Mr Duterte’s hard line on drug dealers and other miscreants was at the core of his election campaign. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2020 The plot turns on whether Mickey will prevail against an assortment of competitors and miscreants who want to relieve him of his profits. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2020 Mr Moro convicted Lula, the most prominent of the Lava Jato miscreants. The Economist, 23 Nov. 2019 With big data to crunch and nowhere for miscreants to hide, perhaps top-down rule can at last be made to work. The Economist, 2 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of miscreant

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for miscreant

Adjective and Noun

Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes- + creire to believe, from Latin credere — more at creed

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“Miscreant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscreant. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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