[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reproach,
  2. reproachful,
  3. reproachless,
  4. reprobacy,
  5. reprobance,
  6. reprobation,
  7. reprobative,
  8. reprocess,
  9. reprocessed,
  10. reprocessing

Origin of reprobate

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

Related formsrep·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. 2019

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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 Formsreprobacy (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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