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reprobate

[rep-ruh-beyt] /ˈrɛp rəˌbeɪt/
noun
1.
a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person:
a drunken reprobate.
2.
a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
adjective
3.
morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
4.
rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
verb (used with object), reprobated, reprobating.
5.
to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
6.
(of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.
Origin of reprobate
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English reprobaten < Latin reprobātus; past participle of reprobāre to reprove
Related forms
reprobacy
[rep-ruh-buh-see] /ˈrɛp rə bə si/ (Show IPA),
reprobateness, noun
reprobater, noun
unreprobated, adjective
Synonyms
1. tramp, scoundrel, wastrel, miscreant, wretch, rascal, cad, rogue. 2. outcast, pariah. 3. wicked, sinful, evil, corrupt. 5. reprehend, blame, rebuke, reprove.
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Examples from the Web for reprobate
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  • He looked at the reprobate's face for some moments and said nothing.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The reprobate made no answer to this; but he turned his face away and sighed.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • There was an awful cause for that sudden start, that look of horror in the reprobate's face.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • This man was a reprobate; but he had begun life as a gentleman.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • A reprobate may be sorry for his sins, he may repent and lead a good life.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • Don't you remember—the one who ran away from that reprobate Raa?

  • If they are reprobate and condemned, what have they to do on this earth?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • One night this reprobate and stubborn character did not return home.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • "Come out and show me this reprobate," said the husband, rising.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for reprobate

reprobate

/ˈrɛprəʊˌbeɪt/
adjective
1.
morally unprincipled; depraved
2.
(Christianity) destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
noun
3.
an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
4.
a disreputable or roguish person: the old reprobate
verb (transitive)
5.
to disapprove of; condemn
6.
(of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
Derived Forms
reprobacy (ˈrɛprəbəsɪ) noun
reprobater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin reprobātus held in disfavour, from Latin re- + probāre to approve1
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Word Origin and History for reprobate
adj.

early 15c., "rejected as worthless," from Late Latin reprobatus, past participle of reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn," from Latin re- "opposite of, reversal of previous condition" (see re-) + probare "prove to be worthy" (see probate (n.)). Earliest form of the word in English was a verb, meaning "to disapprove" (early 15c.).

n.

1540s, "one rejected by God," from reprobate (adj.). Sense of "abandoned or unprincipled person" is from 1590s.

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