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

Words like miscreant, scoundrel, and good-for-nothing are used to condemn people believed to be improper or even evil. If your mom warns you that your friends are a bunch of miscreants, she's concerned that you're hanging out with the wrong kind of crowd and that you might be headed for trouble.

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
someone who 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 on 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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