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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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  • But these reprobates were not altogether without their uses.
British Dictionary definitions for reprobates

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 reprobates

reprobate

adj.

early 15c., "rejected as worthless," from Late Latin reprobatus, past participle of reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn," from Latin re- "opposite of, reversal of previous condition" (see re-) + probare "prove to be worthy" (see probate (n.)). Earliest form of the word in English was a verb, meaning "to disapprove" (early 15c.).

n.

1540s, "one rejected by God," from reprobate (adj.). Sense of "abandoned or unprincipled person" is from 1590s.

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reprobates 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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