miscreant
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English miscreaunt, from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve, from mes- + creire to believe, from Latin credere — more at creed Date: 14th century 1. unbelieving, heretical 2. depraved, villainous <
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II. noun Date: 14th century 1. infidel, heretic 2. one who behaves criminally or viciously

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