Definition of lawbreaker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlôˌbrākər/


A person who violates the law.
Example sentences
  • They're being criminalized and treated as lawbreakers.
  • The essential arguments are that nothing in the policy excludes these cases and that to exclude them puts lawbreakers in a better position than entrants who declare themselves.
  • ‘If the Government becomes a lawbreaker,’ he wrote, ‘it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.’
villain, rogue, ruffian, felon;
Law  malfeasant
informal crook, con, jailbird, hood
archaic miscreant



Pronunciation: /ˈlôˌbrākiNG/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • So, the Republicans will change the law to either politicize the prosecutor's office or retroactively legitimize past lawbreaking, and then proclaim themselves clean.
  • But the prevalence of cultural relativism must take some blame too: For some, a culture of lawbreaking is just as valid as a culture of obedience to the law.
  • If we go back to the case of massive resistance to desegregation, we have another example of federal lawbreaking assisted by state officials.

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Syllabification: law·break·er

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