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.
- rep·ro·ba·cy [rep-ruh-buh-see], /ˈrɛp rə bə si/, rep·ro·bate·ness, noun
- rep·ro·bat·er, noun
- un·rep·ro·bat·ed, adjective
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How to use reprobate in a sentence
His effort to lead the league to a more enlightened stance is exactly why a bigot-reprobate like Jon Gruden deemed him a “f----t,” a word sure to rile him.In NFL’s latest crisis of public trust, Roger Goodell is nowhere to be found | Sally Jenkins | October 18, 2021 | Washington Post
I remember calling him an old reprobate and he said 'not so much of the old'.
Afterward, there is rarely satisfaction, just final proof that Johnny Flameout is a reprobate.
The people who were predestined to be lost they described as reprobate, and this word we still use, but with a different meaning.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
A reprobate nowadays is a person who is looked upon as hopelessly bad, and the word is also sometimes used jokingly.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
I know he is a hot-blooded old reprobate—that father of yours.Dross | Henry Seton Merriman
What's me or that drunken old reprobate out there to the likes of you?An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
That a base reprobate should become a Marquis and a peer of Parliament was in accordance with the constitution of the country.The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for reprobate
morally unprincipled; depraved
Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
a disreputable or roguish person: the old reprobate
to disapprove of; condemn
(of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
- reprobacy (ˈrɛprəbəsɪ), noun
- reprobater, noun
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