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miscreant

[mis-kree-uh nt] /ˈmɪs kri ənt/
adjective
1.
depraved, villainous, or base.
2.
Archaic. holding a false or unorthodox religious belief; heretical.
noun
3.
a vicious or depraved person; villain.
4.
Archaic. a heretic or infidel.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French mescreant unbelieving, equivalent to mes- mis-1 + creantLatin crēdent- credent
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  • At home, she preferred to threaten high-ranking miscreants with exposure rather than execution.
  • They are apt to punish the messenger, not the miscreants.
  • Instead of miscreants, fashion them material makers.
  • In modern western society it used to be sailors, or gang members, or groups of miscreants.
  • Others have been tarred as miscreants on scanty evidence.
  • On the one hand, miscreants who would simply be condemned as bad stand relieved of full responsibility.
  • Neither the threat of fines on miscreants unable to afford them nor the euro area's ban on bail-outs was credible.
  • It plans closer scrutiny of national budgets and economic policies, and tougher sanctions for miscreants.
  • For suspected miscreants, and people chasing them, face-recognition technology is old hat.
  • And it is subjecting miscreants to much rougher treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for miscreants

miscreant

/ˈmɪskrɪənt/
noun
1.
a wrongdoer or villain
2.
(archaic) an unbeliever or heretic
adjective
3.
evil or villainous
4.
(archaic) unbelieving or heretical
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mescreant unbelieving, from mes-mis-1 + creant, ultimately from Latin credere to believe
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Word Origin and History for miscreants

miscreant

adj.

c.1300, "non-Christian, pagan, infidel;" early 15c., "heretical, unbelieving," from Old French mescreant "disbelieving" (Modern French mécréant), from mes- "wrongly" (see mis- (2)) + creant, present participle of creire "believe," from Latin credere (see credit). Meaning "villainous" is from 1590s.

n.

late 14c., "heathen, Saracen," from miscreant (adj.) or from Old French mescreant, which also had a noun sense of "infidel, pagan, heretic." Sense of "villain" first recorded 1590 in Spenser.

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