miscreant

[ mis-kree-uh nt ]
/ ˈmɪs kri ənt /

adjective

depraved, villainous, or base.
Archaic. holding a false or unorthodox religious belief; heretical.

noun

a vicious or depraved person; villain.
Archaic. a heretic or infidel.

Nearby words

  1. miscopy,
  2. miscounsel,
  3. miscount,
  4. miscreance,
  5. miscreancy,
  6. miscreate,
  7. miscreated,
  8. miscredit,
  9. miscue,
  10. miscue analysis

Origin of miscreant

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

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British Dictionary definitions for miscreant

miscreant

/ (ˈmɪskrɪənt) /

noun

a wrongdoer or villain
archaic an unbeliever or heretic

adjective

evil or villainous
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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