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Míscreant. n.s. [mescreant, French.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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