Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A morally unprincipled person.
  • n. One who is predestined to damnation.
  • adj. Morally unprincipled; shameless.
  • adj. Rejected by God and without hope of salvation.
  • transitive v. To disapprove of; condemn.
  • transitive v. To abandon to eternal damnation. Used of God.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rejected; cast off as worthless.
  • adj. Rejected by God; damned, sinful.
  • adj. Immoral, having no religious or principled character.
  • n. One rejected by God; a sinful person.
  • n. An individual with low morals or principles.
  • v. To have strong disapproval of something; to condemn.
  • v. Of God: to abandon or reject, to deny eternal bliss.
  • v. To refuse, set aside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not enduring proof or trial; not of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected.
  • adj. Abandoned to punishment; hence, morally abandoned and lost; given up to vice; depraved.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to one who is given up to wickedness.
  • n. One morally abandoned and lost.
  • transitive v. To disapprove with detestation or marks of extreme dislike; to condemn as unworthy; to disallow; to reject.
  • transitive v. To abandon to punishment without hope of pardon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To disapprove vehemently; contemn strongly; condemn; reject.
  • To abandon to vice or punishment, or to hopeless ruin or destruction. See reprobation, 3.
  • Synonyms To reprehend, censure. See reprobate, a.
  • Disallowed; disapproved; rejected; not enduring proof or trial.
  • Abandoned in sin; morally abandoned; depraved; characteristic of a reprobate.
  • Expressing disapproval or censure; condemnatory.
  • Synonyms profligate, etc. (see abandoned), vitiated, corrupt, hardened, wicked, base, vile, cast away, graceless, shameless.
  • n. One who is very profligate or abandoned; a person given over to sin; one lost to virtue and religion; a wicked, depraved wretch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person without moral scruples
  • v. express strong disapproval of
  • v. reject (documents) as invalid
  • adj. deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
  • v. abandon to eternal damnation

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin reprobatus ("disapproved, rejected, condemned"), past participle of reprobare. (Wiktionary)
From Latin reprobare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To her surprise Patty noticed that there was affection rather than disapprobation in the word reprobate, and she answered a trifle stiffly: "The Wattses are all well, I think: but, as for Mr. Holland,

    The Gold Girl

  • It is an absurd assertion, that "the demerits of the reprobate are the subordinate means of bringing them onward to destined destruction."

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • For they are heard for those who are predestined, not for those who are foreknown as reprobate; just in the same way as when we correct our brethren, such corrections avail among the predestinate but not among the reprobate, according to the words: _No man can correct whom He hath despised.

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

  • God gave them over to a wilfulness in the grossest sins, here called a reprobate mind -- eis adokimon noun, a mind void of all sense and judgment to discern things that differ, so that they could not distinguish their right hand from their left in spiritual things.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • - I reply, But we would agree that the most important issue is, does God call a reprobate person elect to the extent and duration that he is a member of the visible body, or, for that matter, does God call a reprobate person elect to any extent or duration at all?

    Green Baggins

  • Onstage Jason Robards, Mr. Plummer's "reprobate" drinking buddy, "with firewater in his veins," used to continue a story he'd been telling before the curtain went up, interweaving it around the lines of the play.

    On Acting and Acting Up

  • It is supposed to rest upon the sovereignty of God, and certain passages of Scripture, although the word "reprobate" is not found in them.

    The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election

  • And he said not, "reprobate" for he would not "be" reprobate, even though he did not punish, nay rather for this very reason he would be "approved;" ` but even if some suspect us, 'he says, ` on account of our not displaying our power, to be contemptible and cast away, we care nothing for this.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • Compare the equivalent term, "reprobate," Jer 6: 30; 2Co 13: 6.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Fourth Woe -- against those who confound the distinctions of right and wrong (compare Ro 1: 28), "reprobate," Greek, "undiscriminating: the moral perception darkened." bitter ... sweet -- sin is bitter (Jer 2: 19; 4: 18; Ac 8: 23; Heb 12: 15); though it seem sweet for a time (Pr 9: 17, 18).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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  • heap opprobrium on a reprobate for his lack of probity

    January 28, 2011