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reprobate

[rep-ruh-beyt]
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noun
  1. a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
  2. a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
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adjective
  1. morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
  2. rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
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verb (used with object), rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing.
  1. to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
  2. (of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.
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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

Synonyms

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

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for reprobate

reprobate

adjective
  1. morally unprincipled; depraved
  2. Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
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noun
  1. an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
  2. a disreputable or roguish personthe old reprobate
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verb (tr)
  1. to disapprove of; condemn
  2. (of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
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Derived Formsreprobacy (ˈrɛprəbəsɪ), nounreprobater, noun

Word Origin

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

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n.

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

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