miscreant

[mis-kree-uh nt]
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noun
  1. a vicious or depraved person; villain.
  2. Archaic. a heretic or infidel.

Origin of miscreant

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French mescreant unbelieving, equivalent to mes- mis-1 + creantLatin crēdent- credent
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Historical Examples of miscreant

  • The same house can't contain that miscreant and me any longer.

  • 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

    Xenophon

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for miscreant

miscreant

noun
  1. a wrongdoer or villain
  2. archaic an unbeliever or heretic
adjective
  1. evil or villainous
  2. archaic unbelieving or heretical

Word Origin for miscreant

C14: from Old French mescreant unbelieving, from mes- mis- 1 + creant, ultimately from Latin credere to believe
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Word Origin and History for miscreant
adj.

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.

n.

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.

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