Definition of reprobate in English:


Line breaks: rep¦ro|bate
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛprəbeɪt


  • 2 archaic (In Calvinism) a sinner who is not of the elect and is predestined to damnation.
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    • Those who were chosen by God were no better than reprobates except that by his irresistible grace the elect could be brought to hate their sin, as Sir Walter does.
    • And this is why the greatest effort of the Holy Parish of the Divinity of Christ has been towards the forcible conversion and Spiritual Salvation of these most hated of reprobates.


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  • 2 archaic (In Calvinism) predestined to damnation.


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  • Express or feel disapproval of: his neighbours reprobated his method of proceeding
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    • Instead, she foregrounds how recent novels have been devoted to recommending or reprobating what she calls the ‘systems of philosophy or politics which have raised so much ferment of late years’.
    criticize, condemn, censure, denounce, express strong disapproval of
    rare reprehend



Pronunciation: /-ˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • As for streaming, it deserves to be condemned by the strongest term of reprobation known to the vocabulary of consensus: unhelpful.
  • His background and early experiences could not have been more different from the era of counselling, victim status for minorities and po-faced reprobation of so-called ‘xenophobia’.
  • This tale of ‘falling from grace,’ from divinity to abjection, of the subjection of feminine powers to the reprobation and constraints of the patriarchy society seems to be a universal trope.






late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin reprobat- 'disapproved', from the verb reprobare, from re- (expressing reversal) + probare 'approve'.

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