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[rep-ruh-bey-shuh n]
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  1. disapproval, condemnation, or censure.
  2. rejection.
  3. Theology. rejection by God, as of persons excluded from the number of the elect or from salvation.
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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
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Related Words for reprobation

criticism, animadversion, expostulation, disparagement, accusation, arraignment, rebuke, obloquy, tirade, castigation, charge, disapproval, attack, disapprobation, invective, reproof, indictment, diatribe, complaint, attribution

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Historical Examples of reprobation

  • Here is an instance of the apparition of a man and woman who were in a state of reprobation.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Nor, if I take his suggestion, is there any sense in covering him with reprobation.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • We have been held up to the reprobation of the world as tyrants and man-stealers.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • Not so; sin, as sin, can never be sufficiently stamped with the brand of reprobation.

    The Mind of Jesus

    John R. Macduff

  • And Mrs. Berrington paused, in the extremity of her reprobation.

British Dictionary definitions for reprobation


  1. disapproval, blame, or censure
  2. Christianity condemnation to eternal punishment in hell; rejection by God
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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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