miscreant

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From Old French mescreant (1080) "mis-believer", present participle of mescreire "to misbelieve" (modern mécroire).

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  • (UK, US) enPR: mĭsʹkrē-ənt, IPA(key): /ˈmɪs.kɹi.ənt/
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miscreant (comparative more miscreant, superlative most miscreant)

  1. Lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous.
  2. (theology) Holding an incorrect religious belief.

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miscreant (plural miscreants)

  1. One who has behaved badly, or illegally.
    The teacher sent the miscreants to see the school principal.
  2. One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.
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  3. (theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spencer and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Arise thou cursed Miscreaunt,
      That hast with knightlesse guile and trecherous train
      Faire knighthood fowly shamed
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    • (Can we date this quote by Rivers and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Thou oughtest not to be slothful to the destruction of the miscreants, but to constrain them to obey our Lord God.

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