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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.
- The teacher sent the miscreants to see the school principal.
- 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, [Act I, scene i], page 23, columns 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:
- One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.
- (theology) One who holds a false religious belief; a misbeliever.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene iii:
- Now wil the Chriſtian miſcreants be glad,
Ringing with ioy their ſuperſtitious belles:
And making bonfires for my ouerthrow.
But ere I die thoſe foule Idolaters
Shall make me bonfires with their filthy bones, […]
- 1825, Thomas De Quincey, “The Love-charm”, in Quarterly Magazine, Knight:
- Before thine eyes, thou mild and blessed one, said he, half aloud, are these miscreants daring to hold their market, and trafficking in their hellish drugs
- 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