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Recidivist  n.  One who is recidivous or is characterized by recidivism; an incorrigible criminal. "The criminal by passion never becomes a recidivist, it is the social, not the antisocial, instincts that are strong within him, his crime is a solitary event in his life."

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"Recidivist" Quotes from Famous Books

... English parentage, was a professional burglar, a confirmed recidivist, and—since he habitually carried firearms—a potential homicide. His general intelligence appears to have been of a low order, his manual skill very imperfect (he was a gas-fitter by trade but never regularly employed). He was nearly illiterate and occasionally ...
— The Uttermost Farthing - A Savant's Vendetta • R. Austin Freeman

... disorder, upon being placed in prison finds himself at once in a most favorable environment for a mental breakdown. It is true, imprisonment acts more deleteriously upon the psyche of the criminal by passion, the accidental criminal, but even the recidivist who would be expected to feel less keenly the painful loss of freedom, falls a prey to the deleterious effects of prison life. The unfavorable hygienic surroundings which are found in most prisons, the scarcity of air and exercise, readily prepare the way for a breakdown, even in ...
— Studies in Forensic Psychiatry • Bernard Glueck

Words linked to "Recidivist" :   repeater, offender, reversionist, crook, malefactor, habitual criminal, outlaw

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