recidivist

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From French récidiviste, from Latin recidīvus (returning, recurring) (compare recidivous) +‎ -ist.

Noun[edit]

recidivist (plural recidivists)

  1. One who falls back into prior habits, especially criminal habits; a repeat offender.
    • 1914, R. Austin Freeman, The Uttermost Farthing, ch. 2:
      This specimen was of English parentage, was a professional burglar, a confirmed recidivist, and—since he habitually carried firearms—a potential homicide.

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