[ mis-kree-uh nt ]
/ ˈmɪs kri ənt /


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

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

/ (ˈmɪskrɪənt) /


a wrongdoer or villain
archaic an unbeliever or heretic


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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