Recidivist Re*cid"i*vist (r[-e]*s[i^]d"[i^]*v[i^]st), n. One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal. -- {Re*cid`i*vis"tic} (r[-e]*s[i^]d`[i^]*v[i^]s"t[i^]k), a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The criminal by passion never becomes a recidivist, it is the social, not the antisocial, instincts that are strong within him, his crime is a solitary event in his life. --Havelock Ellis. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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