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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Definitions for reprobate

  1. a very wicked, unprincipled person; scoundrel
  2. very wicked; unprincipled
  3. to disapprove; condemn, censure

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Citations for reprobate
A reprobate and a drunkard in his youth, Tenskwatawa underwent a spiritual rebirth in 1805. , New York Times
Qusay loathed Uday's drunken rampages and reprobate lifestyle. Romesh Ratnesar, Time
Origin of reprobate
late Middle English
by 1545, "rejected as worthless," from Late Latin reprobatus, pp. of reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn," from Latin re- "opposite of, reversal of previous condition" + probare "prove to be worthy.". The noun is recorded from 1545, "one rejected by God." Sense of "abandoned or unprincipled person" is from 1592. Earliest form of the word in English was a verb, meaning "to disapprove" (1432).