miscreant

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adjective

mis·​cre·​ant ˈmis-krē-ənt How to pronounce miscreant (audio)
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: unbelieving, heretical
miscreant pagans
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: depraved, villainous
miscreant behavior
miscreant gangs

miscreant

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noun

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: 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
But that treachery is made to seem alluring through miscreant characterizations that media folk can disavow. Armond White, National Review, 5 Apr. 2023 Misbehaving, miscreant owners. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Jan. 2023 Near the bottom of our drinks, my most miscreant friend had a suggestion. Hazlitt, 6 Dec. 2022 Armed with his preliminary map of miscreant territory and the powers of Big Data, Johnson wants to drive a wedge through the hate groups of this century, just as physics split apart the atom in the last one. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020 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
Noun
This, especially if other Western oil and gas companies followed suit, would create a gap that would (one way or another) be filled by helpful folk from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and all the other miscreants. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 6 May 2024 Their assignment goes awry at key points, though the band of miscreants also has a pair of undercover agents on their side, Heron (Babs Olusanmokun) and Marjorie Stewart (Eiza González). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 Colter is the equivalent of a human bloodhound sent out to sniff out missing miscreants. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 In the video, the project’s Damon McMahon sings languidly on a sofa while a pair of miscreants destroy his living room. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 7 Mar. 2024 Just what have your favorite onscreen miscreants been getting up to lately? Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 25 Feb. 2024 Some freedom-seeking miscreants sought sanctuary abroad. Doug Bandow, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 Of course, the plan could also backfire: What if the eight miscreants corrupt the entire flock? Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 And which one is the miscreant that drives nerve degeneration? Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miscreant was in the 14th century

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“Miscreant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscreant. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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miscreant

noun
mis·​cre·​ant
ˈmis-krē-ənt
miscreant adjective

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