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


He supports tough penalties against corporate miscreants. halt, vile miscreant, and face justice!

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Both Ebby and her parents’ beloved valet, Leo, turn out to have committed murder; and her brother Potsie isn’t just a gambler with a candy addiction, but a bookie who runs in a sleazy circle that includes their miscreant cousin Perry. Ilana Masad, New York Times, "In This Novel, a Grieving Widow Becomes the Detective Hero," 20 Apr. 2018 One table is occupied by a gang of miscreants in softball jerseys. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What it’s like at Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing," 12 July 2018 One day, prior to a fishery opening, the miscreant used his new yellow skiff to bring a good load of salmon from above the line. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 At one time or another over the years, the City Council's been inhabited by drunks, philanderers, cokeheads, bribe takers, wire wearers, and various other miscreants of every race, creed, and color. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Clout City / Politics Why did Carlos Ramirez-Rosa get kicked out of the City Council’s Latino Caucus?," 24 May 2018 That's generally how aldermen—even the miscreants—rise to the top in the Chicago City Council. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Clout City / Politics Why did Carlos Ramirez-Rosa get kicked out of the City Council’s Latino Caucus?," 24 May 2018 Stretching from 1910 to the 21st century, the history of the Knieps family is filled with outsiders and miscreants, addicts and even a murderer. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 Learn all about Al Capone and other famous Prohibition era miscreants while enjoying slices of Chicago style pizza. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "12 of the most touristy things to do in Chicago," 4 Jan. 2018 There is no longer any place for any miscreants to hide. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Love Park was supposed to be the People's Park. How did it end up as a granite Sahara?," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of miscreant

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


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to take the place or position of

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