A miscreant is a person who is bad––who lies, breaks the law, yells at small puppies. It's a somewhat old-fashioned word, popular with old ladies shocked at having their purses stolen at the opera.

Miscreant, like lout, lecher, good-for-nothing — they're the words proper people use to condemn the improper. Improper people consult an entirely different thesaurus of condemnation, perhaps familiar to you but not possible to quote from in this PG-rated word blurb.

Definitions of miscreant

n a person without moral scruples

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degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
black sheep, scapegrace
a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
performs some wicked deed
one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
nympho, nymphomaniac
a woman with abnormal sexual desires
child molester, paederast, pederast
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
paedophile, pedophile
an adult who is sexually attracted to children
someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain or others
someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
lech, lecher, letch, satyr
man with strong sexual desires
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offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law

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