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mis·cre·ant

 (mĭs′krē-ənt)
n.
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).]

mis′cre·ant adj.

miscreant

(ˈmɪskrɪənt)
n
1. a wrongdoer or villain
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic an unbeliever or heretic
adj
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)

adj.
1. depraved; villainous.
2. heretical.
n.
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]
mis′cre•an•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miscreant - a person without moral scruplesmiscreant - a person without moral scruples  
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert - a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
black sheep, scapegrace - a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
wretch - performs some wicked deed

miscreant

noun
1. wrongdoer, criminal, villain, rogue, sinner, rascal, scoundrel, scally (Northwest English dialect), vagabond, knave (archaic), reprobate, malefactor, blackguard, evildoer, caitiff (archaic), skelm (S. African) Local people demanded that the magistrate apprehend the miscreants.
adjective

miscreant

adjective
Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
Translations
kacířkacířskýnevěrecničemaničemný

miscreant

[ˈmɪskrɪənt] Nsinvergüenza mf, bellaco/a m/f

miscreant

n (old)Bösewicht m (old), → Schurke m
References in classic literature ?
The duke and duchess suppressed their laughter so as not altogether to mortify Don Quixote, for they saw through Sancho's impertinence; and to change the conversation, and keep Sancho from uttering more absurdities, the duchess asked Don Quixote what news he had of the lady Dulcinea, and if he had sent her any presents of giants or miscreants lately, for he could not but have vanquished a good many.
And it is another most extraordinary thing that they are always so violently flush of miscreants!'
They returned haughtily, that all the country reverenced the great Cham Chi-Thaungu, who dwelt in the sun, and no mortal would have dared to offer violence to his image but some Christian miscreant; and they therefore resolved to denounce war against him and all the Russians, who, they said, were miscreants and Christians.
Not knowing what active course to take, they remained under arms all night, without closing an eye, and at the very first peep of dawn, when objects were yet scarce visible, everything was hastily embarked, and, without seeking to recover the stolen effects, they pushed off from shore, "glad to bid adieu," as they said, "to this abominable nest of miscreants."
What traits of character must a man have to enable him to help three thousand miscreants to hiss, and jeer, and laugh at one friendless old woman, and shamefully humiliate her?
"The tom-tom," the miscreants heard Peter cry; "an Indian victory!"
Now he had come again with one of those other miscreants who at least had knelt before him and brought rum and many other presents.
"Then, let us keep at a respectful distance from yon miscreants. What must they think as they see us sailing in the air?
But for the miscreant exile who returned Minded in flames and ashes to blot out His father's city and his father's gods, And glut his vengeance with his kinsmen's blood, Or drag them captive at his chariot wheels-- For Polyneices 'tis ordained that none Shall give him burial or make mourn for him, But leave his corpse unburied, to be meat For dogs and carrion crows, a ghastly sight.
For a whole week he was not able to sleep well, so much the villainy which he had played upon his trusting mother preyed upon his rag of conscience; but after that he began to get comfortable again, and was presently able to sleep like any other miscreant.
I told you to take that loping miscreant under the line of white point; now, if your bullet went a hair's breadth it went two inches above it.
And when he had finished and still stood alive and whole, their wavering impulse to break their oath and save the poor betrayed prisoner's life faded and vanished away, for plainly this miscreant had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal to meddle with the property of such a power as that.