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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: récidiviste, from récidiver 'to go back to bad behavior', from Latin recidere, from cadere 'to fall'

recidivist

noun
     
re‧cid‧i‧vist [countable] technical
SCC a criminal who starts doing illegal things again, even after he or she has been punished
recidivism noun [uncountable]
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