[ rep-ruh-bey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for reprobation on
  1. disapproval, condemnation, or censure.

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

Origin of reprobation

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

Other words from reprobation

  • rep·ro·ba·tion·ar·y, adjective

Words Nearby reprobation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use reprobation in a sentence

  • The stage has continued to enjoy a species of traditional immunity from all the reprobation which swearing is presumed to incur.

  • She deserves the most severe reprobation for having failed to test her materials before she made public this foul slander.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • Now, it is not that Mr. Ridd was worthless that we hold his memory in reprobation; nor that he was insincere, nor sly, nor ugly.

  • And all the while, up and down the highway of her youth, raged the ancient dragons, renamed Election and reprobation.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • The terrible example set by Jourdan late in '91 was received in Paris with other than reprobation.

    The Red City | S. Weir Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for reprobation


/ (ˌrɛprəʊˈbeɪʃən) /

  1. disapproval, blame, or censure

  2. Christianity condemnation to eternal punishment in hell; rejection by God

Derived forms of reprobation

  • reprobative (ˈrɛprəbətɪv) or reprobationary, adjective
  • reprobatively, adverb

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