Míscreant. n.s. [mescreant, French.]
- One that holds a false faith; one who believes in false gods.
Their prophets justly condemned them as an adulterous seed, and a wicked generation of miscreants, which had forsaken the living God. Hooker, b. v.
- A vile wretch.
Now by Apollo, king,
Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.
— O vassal! miscreant! Shakespeare's King Lear.
If extraordinary lenity proves ineffectual, those miscreants ought to be made sensible that our constitution is armed with force. Addison's Freeholder, №. 50.