• WordNet 3.6
    • n miscreant a person without moral scruples
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Miscreant Destitute of conscience; unscrupulous; villainous; base; depraved.
    • Miscreant Holding a false religious faith.
    • Miscreant One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a depraved person; a vile wretch.
    • Miscreant One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever. "Thou oughtest not to be slothful to the destruction of the miscreants , but to constrain them to obey our Lord God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • miscreant Misbelieving; unbelieving; infidel.
    • miscreant Vile; detestable.
    • n miscreant An unbeliever; a misbeliever.
    • n miscreant A vile wretch; a scoundrel; a detestable villain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Miscreant mis′krē-ant a vile wretch, a detestable scoundrel: a misbeliever, an infidel
    • adj Miscreant unbelieving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. mescreant, F. mécréant,; pref. mes-,L. minus, less) + p. pr. fr. L. credere, to believe. See Creed


In literature:

What would have been the course of Hazletine had he seen Motoza, not doubting, as he did, the guilt of the miscreant?
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
For a moment his anger flamed up in a torrent of rage against these miscreants whom he had saved from poverty.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
He was rushing through the night screaming for the Mandanes to catch the miscreant Sioux.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
And the miscreant, not quite a Cato, gave a feeble stab, that made a little puncture.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Silvey turned angrily on the miscreant, his face still pale from the fright.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Thus, in September 1792, a band of miscreants committed the grievous massacres in the prisons of Paris.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
You have lived a miscreant long enough.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Some miscreant has piled up and touched off a few thousand tons of T.N.T.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
But a 'miscreant' in Shakespeare's time had nothing of the meaning which now it has.
"English Past and Present" by Richard Chevenix Trench
But retribution awaited the youthful miscreant.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay

In poetry:

By day and night her sorrows fall
Where miscreant hands and rude
Have stained her pure ethereal pall
With many a martyr's blood.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
To show that Heaven no commerce hath,
With felons doomed, within the pit
Those erring miscreants of wrath
On whom the seal of Death is set.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
To many it appear'd, that from my soul
No God I fear'd, nor liv'd of man in awe,
More than the infidel and miscreant foul,
Whose inclinations are his only law.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
"And all the earth whereon they dwell,
And all the heavens they are inhaling,
And powers, whereof I cannot tell—
Dark miscreants, supine and wailing,
Until I fell.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Better the servant, that is good, and mild,
Who will with plenty, all thou ownest, bless,
Than the vile miscreant, that howe'er well-skill'd,
Will bring a curse on all thou dost possess.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Why did the dying miscreant stare?
Why stood upright his clotted hair?
He sees a phantom sentinel,
A skeleton-man and musket as well,
And the ghostly cry, Halt! who goes there?
Made his glazing eyeballs wildly glare.
"The Red Zouave" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Midtown Miscreant blogger Mark Smith finds cheer in Kansas City's most depressing places.
In an old Middle Eastern curse, enemies and miscreants are scornfully told to "drink from the sea".
At this malevolent summer camp, Velvet says, he also became acquainted with the gang of miscreants that still serve as his henchmen in his Social Villains Alliance, or SVA.
After a carload of suspect teenagers was stopped, the cops made the miscreants do pushups as penance for their crime.
Listen up, young would-be vandals: SonicScreen, a new device designed to keep muskrats and miscreants out of family-friendly spaces could be headed for a playground, park, or schoolyard near you.
One of the tasks of professional ethics is to cover for miscreant members of the profession–or so it seems, once again.
COLUMBUS _ The little miscreant is off to college this month, and we had a dinner in her honor at Uncle Chet and Aunt Alice's log cabin Sunday.
An Oct 20 contributor trumpets there are only three occasions when a president of the United States failed to go to the D-Day monument, castigating President Barack Obama as the miscreant.
Miscreants make mischief with water, garbage .
Miscreants make mischief with water, garbage.
Washington's financial miscreants sucker us.
From the excessive partying to the insane stage antics, Crüe have been a band of miscreants releasing their kickass version of rock and roll on the world for well over 30 years.
One of the things that sets the 24 Hours of LeMons apart from other race series (aside from the superior car models we see) is the manner in which miscreant drivers pay for their bad behavior.
Adams had been recruited by the alleged miscreants (at a sweetheart salary twice what he made as police chief of much larger Glendale), and his resignation left him with a generous state pension of $240,000 a year.
Retired Maui police officers spent their careers arresting murderers, robbers and other miscreants.