miscreant

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From Old French mescreant (1080) "mis-believer", present participle of mescroire "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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
  3. (theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spencer?)
      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?)
    • Rivers
      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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