cred-, credit-, creed-

(Latin: believe, belief; faith; confidence; trust)

incredulous (in KREJ uh luhs) (adjective), more incredulous, most incredulous
1. A reference to the reaction of a person when something is difficult to be believed; skeptical: Sharon had an incredulous response when she saw how expensive the dress would be.
2. Characteristic of someone's indication of being unable or unwilling to believe something or not being completely convinced: Mark had an incredulous look on his face as his little boy was trying to explain how he broke the window at the back of his house.
3. Etymology: from Latin incredulus, "unbelieving"; from in, "not" + credulus, "easy of belief"
Skeptical and indicating a lack of belief.
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incredulously (adverb)
Conveying an expression of doubt or impossibility.
miscreant (s) (noun), miscreants (pl)
1. A vile wretch; a villain, a depraved rascal; or a generally malicious and contemptible person: A miscreant robbed an elderly lady after she got off the bus and was walking to her apartment.
2. A disbeliever, a heretic; an infidel: The miscreant, who yelled out that the preacher was a liar and didn't know what he was talking about, was forced out of the church service by two deacons who made sure he could not come back in.
4. Etymology: from Old French mescreant, "heretical, unbelieving, infidel"; from mes-, "wrongly"; from Latin mis-, "wrong" + creant, creire, "belief, to believe"; from Latin credere, "to believe".

So, originally a miscreant was an infidel, a heretic, a pagan, or a heathen; literally, being of the “wrong belief”.

A rascal, an evildoer.
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A villain who wants to harm people.
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1. The tendency to believe everything too readily.
2. An over-readiness to believe all things.
3. A tendency to believe everything with weak or even with insufficient reasons or justifications.
1. Ready or too easily disposed to believe everything.
2. Overly ready to believe everything.
3. Someone who is credulous when he or she is all too ready to believe everything or everyone.
1. Mean-spiritedness; apostasy; treachery.
2. Cowardliness; being a deserter.
1. Disloyal to a cause or duty; someone who is disloyal or deserts a cause; a coward; a quitter; fainthearted, dastardly, or “yellow”.
2. Originally, "surrendering oneself (to an adversary)."
1. Cowardly or craven.
2. Unfaithful, disloyal, untrustworthy, or traitorous.
3. Faithlessly, untrue.
uncredible (adjective), more uncredible, most uncredible
Not able to believe something or not wanting to believe it: "Incredible" is now the preferred format or spelling for uncredible.
uncreditable (adjective), more uncreditable, most uncreditable
Harmful to a person's reputation; blameworthy: The mayor's uncreditable behavior disqualified him from continuing to hold his political office.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "faith, trust; faithful, trusting; believe, belief": dox-; fid-.