[ mis-di-mee-nuhnt ]
/ ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nənt /
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a person who is guilty of misbehavior.
Law. a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor.



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Origin of misdemeanant

First recorded in 1810–20; misdemean + -ant
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  • If it is a rational point—to remove the high misdemeanant from office—then the above scenario holds water.

  • He was, I understand, at one time a firstclass misdemeanant in Glencree reformatory.

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • At college he had put him down for a weakling—unballasted, misdemeanant.

    Satan Sanderson|Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Four-tenths to each misdemeanant to whom one medal has been awarded.

    The Empire of the East|H. B. Montgomery

British Dictionary definitions for misdemeanant

/ (ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnənt) /


criminal law (formerly) a person who has committed or been convicted of a misdemeanourCompare felon 1
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