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reprobate

[rep-ruh-beyt] /ˈrɛp rəˌbeɪt/
noun
1.
a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person:
a drunken reprobate.
2.
a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
adjective
3.
morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
4.
rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
verb (used with object), reprobated, reprobating.
5.
to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
6.
(of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English reprobaten < Latin reprobātus; past participle of reprobāre to reprove
Related forms
reprobacy
[rep-ruh-buh-see] /ˈrɛp rə bə si/ (Show IPA),
reprobateness, noun
reprobater, noun
unreprobated, adjective
Synonyms
1. tramp, scoundrel, wastrel, miscreant, wretch, rascal, cad, rogue. 2. outcast, pariah. 3. wicked, sinful, evil, corrupt. 5. reprehend, blame, rebuke, reprove.
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British Dictionary definitions for reprobate

reprobate

/ˈrɛprəʊˌbeɪt/
adjective
1.
morally unprincipled; depraved
2.
(Christianity) destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
noun
3.
an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
4.
a disreputable or roguish person the old reprobate
verb (transitive)
5.
to disapprove of; condemn
6.
(of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
Derived Forms
reprobacy (ˈrɛprəbəsɪ) noun
reprobater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin reprobātus held in disfavour, from Latin re- + probāre to approve1
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Word Origin and History for reprobate
reprobate
1540s, "rejected as worthless," from L.L. reprobatus, pp. of reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn," from L. re- "opposite of, reversal of previous condition" + probare "prove to be worthy" (see probate). The noun is recorded from 1540s, "one rejected by God." Sense of "abandoned or unprincipled person" is from 1590s. Earliest form of the word in English was a verb, meaning "to disapprove" (early 15c.).
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reprobate in the Bible

that which is rejected on account of its own worthlessness (Jer. 6:30; Heb. 6:8; Gr. adokimos, "rejected"). This word is also used with reference to persons cast away or rejected because they have failed to make use of opportunities offered them (1 Cor. 9:27; 2 Cor. 13:5-7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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