verb (used with object), rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing.
Origin of reprobate
Examples from the Web for reprobate
Afterward, there is rarely satisfaction, just final proof that Johnny Flameout is a reprobate.
Reprobate as he was himself, this work of villainy was new to him and seemed to be very terrible.The Way We Live Now|Anthony Trollope
A sinner before God, reprobate to His creatures, he has earned curse and execration till the very verge of Resurrection.The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
Seared in their consciences, they were truly given over to a reprobate mind.Salt Water|W. H. G. Kingston
But, much as I reprobate the act, much more do I reprobate the conduct of those who were by and saw the outrage perpetrated.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Three men under the king were chiefly responsible for these atrocities, and all three were reprobate Covenanters.Sketches of the Covenanters|J. C. McFeeters
Word Origin for reprobate
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.).
1540s, "one rejected by God," from reprobate (adj.). Sense of "abandoned or unprincipled person" is from 1590s.