• WordNet 3.6
    • n recidivist someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
    • n recidivist someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Recidivist One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal. "The criminal by passion never becomes a recidivist , it is the social, not the antisocial, instincts that are strong within him, his crime is a solitary event in his life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recidivist In French law, a relapsed criminal; one who falls back into the same criminal course for which he has already been condemned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Recidivist (Fr. law) a relapsed criminal
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. recidīvus, falling back.


In literature:

Lately, Prophet had not been so active as Leftist and Urvile, but Prophet was a recidivist.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
RECIDIVISTS, a name applied to the class of habitual delinquents or criminals of France.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Associated Words: criminology, criminologist, criminality, recidivism, recidivist.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
But by this time he was a full recidivist, as well as an accomplished hobo.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
The consequence is that he falls away and rejoins his old companions and soon becomes a recidivist.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Recidivists and born criminals, whether thieves or murderers, show the highest percentage of tattooing.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
But the keeping of recidivist records is only one part of the business of the Criminal Record Office.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot

In news:

It's pretty much as simple as that, and that's how the recidivist rebel king of the seafaring Ironborn conquered the North and became a major player after years on the sidelines.
Judge rejects SEC deal with ' recidivist ' Citigroup, calls fine 'pocket change'.
Tom DeLay, Ethical Recidivist .
The recidivistic avalanche is the repeat offender in our mountains this season.