[ rep-ruh-bey-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛp rəˈbeɪ ʃən /


disapproval, condemnation, or censure.
Theology. rejection by God, as of persons excluded from the number of the elect or from salvation.

Nearby words

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

Origin of reprobation

1400–50; late Middle English reprobacion < Late Latin reprobātiōn- (stem of reprobātiō) rejection, equivalent to reprobāt(us) (see reprobate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsrep·ro·ba·tion·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reprobation


/ (ˌrɛprəʊˈbeɪʃən) /


disapproval, blame, or censure
Christianity condemnation to eternal punishment in hell; rejection by God
Derived Formsreprobative (ˈrɛprəbətɪv) or reprobationary, adjectivereprobatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for reprobation



c.1400, from Late Latin reprobationem (nominative reprobatio), noun of action from past participle stem of reprobare (see reprobate (adj.)).

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