miscreancy


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miscreancy

criminal action or behavior; wrong- or evil-doing. — miscreant, n., adj.
See also: Crime
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environmental miscreancy that warrants our collective scorn.
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Ottavia Niccoli tracks adolescent misbehavior ranging from stone-throwing to unsanctioned public kissing in post-Tridentine Bologna, while Christopher Carlsmith uncovers cases of adolescent student miscreancy in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Bergamo.