- 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.
- 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
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Related Wordscorrupt, bad, wanton, foul, degenerate, immoral, improper, incorrigible, lewd, rude, sinful, unprincipled, vile, wicked
Examples from the Web for reprobate
Afterward, there is rarely satisfaction, just final proof that Johnny Flameout is a reprobate.Cavalcade of Bad Boy Flameouts
March 4, 2011
There was an awful cause for that sudden start, that look of horror in the reprobate's face.
He looked at the reprobate's face for some moments and said nothing.
The reprobate made no answer to this; but he turned his face away and sighed.
This man was a reprobate; but he had begun life as a gentleman.
A reprobate may be sorry for his sins, he may repent and lead a good life.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- 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
- to disapprove of; condemn
- (of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
Word Origin and History 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.