[ rep-ruh-beyt ]
/ ˈrɛp rəˌbeɪt /


a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.


morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.

verb (used with object), rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing.

to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
(of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.

Origin of reprobate

1400–50; late Middle English reprobaten < Latin reprobātus; past participle of reprobāre to reprove


rep·ro·ba·cy [rep-ruh-buh-see] /ˈrɛp rə bə si/, rep·ro·bate·ness, nounrep·ro·bat·er, nounun·rep·ro·bat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for reprobate

/ (ˈrɛprəʊˌbeɪt) /


morally unprincipled; depraved
Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell


an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
a disreputable or roguish personthe old reprobate

verb (tr)

to disapprove of; condemn
(of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell

Derived forms of reprobate

reprobacy (ˈrɛprəbəsɪ), nounreprobater, noun

Word Origin for reprobate

C16: from Late Latin reprobātus held in disfavour, from Latin re- + probāre to approve 1
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