Is there a word for an individual who has wrong moral values? I was thinking about "hypocrite", but I'm not sure.

I'm looking for a noun, rather than an adjective. It may also be informal and shouldn't be too strong or too insulting. Imagine a teenager, who is still adjusting his principles and values.

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    By wrong do you mean 'differing from my own'? If so, be aware that the word will also be used by others to describe you. – TimLymington Dec 5 '15 at 23:50
  • I don't mean 'differing from my own', but rather unethical. – Adam Payne Dec 5 '15 at 23:52
  • Can you please narrow this down a bit? What's wrong with the word "unethical" that you use here? In what kind of context do you want to use this word? By the way, please respond by editing your question, to make it easier for everyone to see, rather than in the comments. I've edited in the information that you want a noun. – sumelic Dec 6 '15 at 0:10
  • "Hypocrite" would only work to describe a person who "acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings" (morals), but whether his/her beliefs/feelings/morals are considered to be 'right' or 'wrong' would be irrelevant. Your mention of "unethical" might work, as might "immoral." – Papa Poule Dec 6 '15 at 0:11

What about Unprincipled:

 Unprincipled: not having or showing concern for what is right

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Or Nefarious:

Nefarious: flagrantly wicked or impious

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)


For a noun, what about Rogue:

Rogue a man who is dishonest or immoral

Okay, what about Rascal? I personally don't think this is too negative:

Rascal: a person and especially a young person who causes trouble or does things that annoy people
  • 'Unprincipled' is the adjective, but I'm looking for a noun. – Adam Payne Dec 6 '15 at 0:06
  • Another one I do not feel like adding a definition to is scoundrel – AHuman Dec 6 '15 at 0:13
  • Rogue sounds too strong. – Adam Payne Dec 6 '15 at 0:19
  • Then what about Rascal? – AHuman Dec 6 '15 at 0:24

"immoral" applies perfectly to someone who has wrong moral values.

  • not morally good or right : morally evil or wrong, conflicting with generally or traditionally held moral principles (The Free Dictionary)

Edit: Oh, you are asking for a noun? I suggest "knave" or "scoundrel"

  • I'm looking for a noun. May also be informal. – Adam Payne Dec 6 '15 at 0:11

If, as the OP has said in a comment, the adjective is unprincipled then the noun is reprobate or one of its synonyms.

A reprobate is an unprincipled person, according to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

However, I am not clear that unprincipled is the same thing as having wrong moral values. Unprincipled suggests no moral values at all.

So the question, taken with the comment seems slightly ambiguous. But a reprobate is an unprincipled person.


Consider, scalawag

: a usually young person who causes trouble : scamp; reprobate M-W

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