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



BrE BrE//rɪˈsɪdɪvɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsɪdɪvɪst//
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a person who continues to commit crimes, and seems unable to stop, even after being punished Word Originlate 19th cent.: from French récidiviste, from récidiver ‘fall back’, based on Latin recidivus ‘falling back’, from the verb recidere, from re- ‘back’ + cadere ‘to fall’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recidivist