Delinquent vs Truant - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between delinquent and truant
is that delinquent
is while truant
is to play truant.
As an adjective truant is
absent without permission, especially from school.
As a noun truant is
one who is absent without permission, especially from school.
Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.
- Fred is delinquent in making his car payment.
Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense
- The company made a new effort to collect delinquent payments.
* (late or failing to pay a debt) defaulting
* juvenile delinquent
* moral delinquent
One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
(obsolete) a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.
* See also
Absent without permission, especially from school.
Wandering from business or duty; straying; loitering; idle, and shirking duty.
*1603+ , (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet) , Act 1, Scene 2
*:A truant disposition, good my lord.
*1772 , , p.149
*:While truant Jove, in infant pride, / Play'd barefoot on Olympus' side.
*:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.
* truant officer
One who is absent without permission, especially from school.
* play truant
To play truant.
To idle away; to waste.
- the number of schoolchildren known to have truanted
To idle away time.
- I dare not be the author / Of truanting the time.
- By this means they lost their time and truanted on the fundamental grounds of saving knowledge.