- depraved, villainous, or base.
- Archaic. holding a false or unorthodox religious belief; heretical.
- a vicious or depraved person; villain.
- Archaic. a heretic or infidel.
Origin of miscreant
Examples from the Web for miscreant
When some miscreant tweets to the world that you should kill yourself, it kinda takes the romance out of it.Death Wish: A Writer Finds Twitter Turning Toxic
December 9, 2012
Is it mere coincidence or urban mythmaking that the miscreant line jumpers are always said to be driving Mercedes?Lights Out in Westchester, New York
November 6, 2012
Perhaps, too, like miscreant HAL 9000, the GOP is warming up to sing, “Daisy, Daisy.”Will the Birthers Doom the GOP?
July 28, 2009
The same house can't contain that miscreant and me any longer.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The heart of the miscreant swelled with indignation and disappointment.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Unless I were a miscreant, I could not but be grateful for such kindness.Cyropaedia
You are thinking, 'Here is the miscreant, the scoundrel, who destroyed our battleship!'The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
What miscreant hero had dared perform this sacrilegious exploit?Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
- a wrongdoer or villain
- archaic an unbeliever or heretic
- evil or villainous
- archaic unbelieving or heretical
Word Origin and History for miscreant
c.1300, "non-Christian, pagan, infidel;" early 15c., "heretical, unbelieving," from Old French mescreant "disbelieving" (Modern French mécréant), from mes- "wrongly" (see mis- (2)) + creant, present participle of creire "believe," from Latin credere (see credit). Meaning "villainous" is from 1590s.
late 14c., "heathen, Saracen," from miscreant (adj.) or from Old French mescreant, which also had a noun sense of "infidel, pagan, heretic." Sense of "villain" first recorded 1590 in Spenser.