Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An evildoer; a villain.
  • n. An infidel; a heretic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking in conscience or moral principles; unscrupulous.
  • adj. Holding an incorrect religious belief.
  • n. One who has behaved badly, or illegally.
  • n. One not restrained by moral principles; an unscrupulous villain.
  • n. One who holds an incorrect religious belief; an unbeliever.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Holding a false religious faith.
  • adj. Destitute of conscience; unscrupulous; villainous; base; depraved.
  • n. One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever.
  • n. One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a depraved person; a vile wretch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Misbelieving; unbelieving; infidel.
  • Vile; detestable.
  • n. An unbeliever; a misbeliever.
  • n. A vile wretch; a scoundrel; a detestable villain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person without moral scruples

Etymologies

Middle English miscreaunt, heretic, from Old French mescreant, present participle of mescroire, to disbelieve : mes-, wrongly, not; see mis-1 + croire, to believe (from Latin crēdere; see kerd- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mescreant (1080) "mis-believer", present participle of mescroire "to misbelieve" (modern mécroire). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the other hand if the miscreant is 26 feet away and the Glock does what it says on the carrying case then 3-5 years of suspension and a high court case await. on July 6, 2008 at 5: 58 pm | Reply James

    Three Blind Mice. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Double-special bonus points if you can document her calling the miscreant a “sexist.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » John Mark Reynolds on Sarah Palin

  • Frankly, the only way ANYONE could POSSIBLY support this miscreant, is if their concepts of responsibility, honesty and fair play are so corrupt, so misdirected and so twisted, that they themselves are unfit to belong in a civilized society.

    Blaster Master fire storm

  • No one but a miscreant is impressed with a wad of plastic.

    Mexico City: Biggest city guide for the savvy traveler

  • Dubois Crancé stated, that at the epoch of the trial of the tyrant, Marat had said, in speaking of Robespierre; that miscreant is more dangerous to liberty than all the combined despots.

    News Report

  • Or the miscreant is an elder ’statesman (woman)’, highly respected, quite wealthy and still very well-connected.

    Is That The Question? | ATTACKERMAN

  • His hand was yet on the chamber-door, and Barnes was calling his miscreant and scoundrel within; so no wonder Barnes had a hangdog look.

    The Newcomes

  • I asked him what his reaction was to her being called a miscreant by prosecutors.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2006

  • The law should be amended so that the fact that the miscreant is a foreign national, must serve sn aggravating factor.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The miscreant was a fine specimen of Reduvius personatus, the cone-nosed blood-sucker, soon thereafter to achieve heights of newspaper notoriety together with its cousin, Melanolestes picipes, as the "kissing-bug."

    The Poison Bugaboo

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  • militant doesnotequal miscreant IMHO

    March 25, 2010

  • “This means ensuring that militants — or “miscreants,” as Pakistanis like to say — do not return to those areas that have been cleared in recent months.”

    The New York Times, Pakistan’s War of Choice , by Michael O'Hanlon, March 23, 2010

    March 25, 2010

  • What? Have you no scruples?

    January 11, 2008

  • I spelled "miscreants" in a game of Bookworm once. I was so proud of myself.

    January 11, 2008