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lawbreaker

[law-brey-ker] /ˈlɔˌbreɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who breaks or violates the law.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English lawbreker; replacing Old English lahbreca. See law1, breaker1
Related forms
lawbreaking, noun, adjective
Synonyms
transgressor, criminal offender, perpetrator.
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Examples from the web for lawbreaker
  • It seems to me that if someone is a habitual lawbreaker, they deserve more harsh punishment.
  • If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law.
  • But he is a lawbreaker and an advocate of radical executive power.
  • We give your our authority, our power, to arrest the lawbreaker.
British Dictionary definitions for lawbreaker

lawbreaker

/ˈlɔːˌbreɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who breaks the law
2.
(informal) something that does not conform with legal standards or requirements
Derived Forms
lawbreaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for lawbreaker
n.

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

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