1》 a person who behaves badly or unlawfully.
2》 archaic a heretic.
1》 behaving badly or unlawfully.
2》 archaic heretical.
ME (as adjective meaning 'disbelieving'): from OFr. mescreant, pres. participle of mescreire 'disbelieve', from mes- 'mis-' + creire 'believe' (from L. credere).

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