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reprobate Syllabification: rep·ro·bate
Pronunciation: /ˈreprəˌbāt/

Definition of reprobate in English:


1An unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately).
Example sentences
  • They're all hypocrites, liars and reprobates.
  • After all, as a conservative of fairly recent vintage, I've seen how easy it is for liberals, assisted by a compliant press, to cast ideological foes as moral reprobates and thus avoid engaging their ideas.
  • They might be pirates, they might be reprobates, they might have picked the pockets of poor bluesmen and ignorant English kids, but at least they were dedicated to music.
rogue, rascal, scoundrel, miscreant, good-for-nothing, villain, wretch, rake, degenerate, libertine, debauchee
informal, dated cad
archaic blackguard, knave, rapscallion
2 Christian Theology , archaic (Especially in Calvinism) a sinner who is not of the elect and is predestined to damnation.
Example sentences
  • 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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1Unprincipled (often used as a humorous or affectionate reproach): a long-missed old reprobate drinking comrade
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  • He almost becomes one of the family, cheerfully going out gambling with her dopey, reprobate nephew.
  • In each case, while Joe seems to be the catalyst, we soon see that it is the internal flaws that each individual carries that result in their reprobate behavior.
  • There is a further hint that bustle and business are the properties of the older, reprobate drama.
unprincipled, bad, roguish, wicked, rakish, shameless, immoral, degenerate, dissipated, debauched, depraved
archaic knavish
2 Christian Theology , archaic (In Calvinism) predestined to damnation.


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Express or feel disapproval of: his neighbors 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’.


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



Pronunciation: /ˌreprəˈbāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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