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depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drug-dealing reprobate
Not to be confused with:
approbate – to approve officially: approbate a legal matter
scoundrel; wastrel; rogue; outcast: The ex-con is a worthless reprobate.
Not to be confused with:
reprobation – disapproval, condemnation or censure; rejection: She expressed her reprobation of the proposal.
1. A morally unprincipled person.
2. One who is predestined to damnation.
1. Morally unprincipled; shameless.
2. Rejected by God and without hope of salvation.
tr.v. rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing, rep·ro·bates
1. To disapprove of; condemn.
2. To abandon to eternal damnation. Used of God.
[From Middle English, condemned, from Late Latin reprobātus, past participle of reprobāre, to reprove : Latin re-, opposite; see re- + Latin probāre, to approve; see prove.]
1. morally unprincipled; depraved
2. (Theology) Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
3. an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
4. a disreputable or roguish person: the old reprobate.
5. to disapprove of; condemn
6. (Theology) (of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
[C16: from Late Latin reprobātus held in disfavour, from Latin re- + probāre to approve1]
n., adj., v. -bat•ed, -bat•ing. n.
1. a depraved or wicked person.
2. a person who is beyond hope of salvation.adj.
3. morally depraved; wicked.
4. being beyond hope of salvation.v.t.
5. to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
6. to exclude from salvation, as for sin.
[1400–50; late Middle English (v.) < Latin reprobātus, past participle of reprobāre to reprove]
Past participle: reprobated
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|Noun||1.||reprobate - a person without moral scruples |
degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert - a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
wretch - performs some wicked deed
|Verb||1.||reprobate - reject (documents) as invalid|
reject - refuse to accept or acknowledge; "I reject the idea of starting a war"; "The journal rejected the student's paper"
approbate - accept (documents) as valid
|2.||reprobate - abandon to eternal damnation; "God reprobated the unrepenting sinner"|
theological system, theology - a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"
|3.||reprobate - express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated"|
denounce - speak out against; "He denounced the Nazis"
|Adj.||1.||reprobate - deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"|
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"
1. scoundrel, villain, degenerate, profligate, mother (taboo slang, chiefly U.S.), shit (taboo slang), bastard (informal, offensive), rake, bugger (taboo slang), sinner, outcast, pariah, rascal, son-of-a-bitch (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), asshole (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), turd (taboo slang), wretch, wrongdoer, motherfucker (taboo slang, chiefly U.S.), ne'er-do-well, scumbag (slang), miscreant, wastrel, bad egg (old-fashioned informal), blackguard, evildoer, roué, cocksucker (taboo slang), rakehell (archaic), asswipe (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), skelm (S. African), wrong 'un (informal) the drunken reprobate of popular legend