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[law-brey-ker] /ˈlɔˌbreɪ kər/
a person who breaks or violates the law.
Origin of lawbreaker
before 1050; Middle English lawbreker; replacing Old English lahbreca. See law1, breaker1
Related forms
lawbreaking, noun, adjective
transgressor, criminal offender, perpetrator. Unabridged
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  • Since then Wade, besides insulting me, has proved himself a lawbreaker.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • One does not have to break all the laws to become a lawbreaker.

  • He is a lawbreaker, a mischief-maker, and sooner or later will be in jail, and possibly may be brought to the gallows.

  • He was as daring a lawbreaker as ever built or wrecked a railroad.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • It just depended whether you were on this side the line or that, as to whether or not you were a lawbreaker.

    Civilization Ellen Newbold La Motte
  • The difficulty, such as it is, would be met by throwing the burden of proving ignorance on the lawbreaker.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • All this conveys the impression to the simple-minded that law is not enforced, if the lawbreaker have a powerful friend.

  • He is, necessarily, because he draws on many more racial strains than does the lawbreaker of any other land.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Pima Pete had been a lawbreaker, and there was a reward out for him.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for lawbreaker


a person who breaks the law
(informal) something that does not conform with legal standards or requirements
Derived Forms
lawbreaking, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lawbreaker

also law-breaker, mid-15c., from law + agent noun from break (v.).

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