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.
    • a. 1719, Joseph Addison, A Riddle of Dean Swift's verfified
      A meagre Catchpole hurries me to fail; No Miscreant, so remorseless, ever tore
      Thy Journals, Fog, or knock'd at Franklin's door
  3. (theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Quincey to this entry?)

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