Definition of miscreant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

miscreant

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmɪskriənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪskriənt//
 
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a person who has done something wrong or illegal Word Origin Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘disbelieving’): from Old French mescreant, present participle of mescreire ‘disbelieve’, from mes- ‘mis-’ + creire ‘believe’ (from Latin credere).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: miscreant