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- miscreaunt (obsolete)
- Lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous.
- (theology) Holding an incorrect religious belief.
lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous
holding an incorrect religious belief
miscreant (plural miscreants)
- One who has behaved badly, or illegally.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 23, column 1–2:
- Thou art a Traitor, and a Miſcreant;
Too good to be ſo, and too bad to liue,
Since the more faire and chriſtall is the skie,
The vglier ſeeme the cloudes that in it flye:
- The teacher sent the miscreants to see the school principal.
- One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
- (theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book 1, canto 4, stanza 41:
- Arise thou cursed Miscreaunt,
- That hast with knightlesse guile and trecherous train
- Faire knighthood fowly shamed
- (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:miscreant.
one who has behaved badly or illegally
one not restrained by moral principles
one who holds a false religious belief; an unbeliever