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miscreant

[ mis-kree-uhnt ]
/ ˈmɪs kri ənt /
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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.

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Origin of miscreant

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French mescreant unbelieving, equivalent to mes-mis-1 + creant ≪ Latin 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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