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  1. a person who breaks or violates the law.
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Origin of lawbreaker

before 1050; Middle English lawbreker; replacing Old English lahbreca. See law1, breaker1
Related formslaw·break·ing, noun, adjective


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transgressor, criminal offender, perpetrator.
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  • Since then Wade, besides insulting me, has proved himself a lawbreaker.

    Hidden Gold

    Wilder Anthony

  • Pima Pete had been a lawbreaker, and there was a reward out for him.

    Motor Matt's Race

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • If we ask what his character is, the answer must be, "He is a lawbreaker."

  • One does not have to break all the laws to become a lawbreaker.

  • Thou thinkest me a thief, a lawbreaker, because I took that fellow's knife?'

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    Marmaduke Pickthall

British Dictionary definitions for lawbreaker


  1. a person who breaks the law
  2. informal something that does not conform with legal standards or requirements
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Derived Formslawbreaking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for lawbreaker


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

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