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



Definition of miscreant (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : one who behaves criminally or viciously

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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: Noun Mr Moro convicted Lula, the most prominent of the Lava Jato miscreants. The Economist, "The strange passivity of Jair Bolsonaro," 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, "Communists are fascinated by contradictions. China faces a big one," 2 Nov. 2019 But unless users have properly tweaked their settings in advance, Lietschuh's findings show how miscreants can turn this ease-of-use against unwitting users. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Zoom for Mac made it too easy for hackers to access webcams. Here’s what to do [Updated]," 9 July 2019 With enough blame to go around, The Black Keys -- and other artists thinking of using this same system -- would be wise to make sure their fan clubs are truly filled with fans, and not just miscreants and grifters looking to make a profit. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Black Keys Ticketing Blame Game Overshadows Larger Issues Ahead for Concert Business," 24 Sep. 2019 Another is that not all national policy needs to be organized around miscreant children. The Editors, National Review, "The Absurd Campaign against Vaping," 17 Sep. 2019 Gummiegate was the latest issue for Waiters, a serial miscreant of team rules and common sense who now has a 10-game suspension. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat’s Era of Lost Causes almost closed with Waiters’ coming exit | Commentary," 11 Nov. 2019 The miscreant was apprehended before our very eyes. Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Put brakes on running stoplights," 23 Nov. 2019 The misbehavior of the miscreants, many wearing Eagles colors, was understandable. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 5," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of miscreant


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of miscreant

formal : a person who does something that is illegal or morally wrong


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