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1. One who behaves badly, often by breaking rules of conduct or the law.
2. Archaic One who does not believe in a certain religion; an infidel or heretic.
[Middle English miscreaunt, heretic, from Old French mescreant, present participle of mescroire, to disbelieve : mes-, wrongly, not; see mis-1 + croire, to believe (from Latin crēdere; see kerd- in Indo-European roots).]
1. a wrongdoer or villain
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic an unbeliever or heretic
3. evil or villainous
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic unbelieving or heretical
[C14: from Old French mescreant unbelieving, from mes- mis-1 + creant, ultimately from Latin credere to believe]
mis•cre•ant(ˈmɪs kri ənt)
1. depraved; villainous.
3. a vicious or depraved person.
4. heretic; infidel.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French mescreant unbelieving =mes- mis-1 + creant « Latin crēdentem, derivative present participle of crēdere to believe]
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|Noun||1.||miscreant - a person without moral scruples |
degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert - a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
wretch - performs some wicked deed