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[rep-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌrɛp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
disapproval, condemnation, or censure.
Theology. rejection by God, as of persons excluded from the number of the elect or from salvation.
Origin of reprobation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English reprobacion < Late Latin reprobātiōn- (stem of reprobātiō) rejection, equivalent to reprobāt(us) (see reprobate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reprobationary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reprobation
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  • Mendicancy, preaching, hearing confessions, and teaching publicly were the capital sins that consigned the Friars to reprobation.

    Saint Bonaventure Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
  • Here is an instance of the apparition of a man and woman who were in a state of reprobation.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • I can hardly forgive my teachers and would not myself be condemned in a like reprobation.

  • Nor, if I take his suggestion, is there any sense in covering him with reprobation.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • This feeling of reprobation is genuine, normal, and wholesome.

    Theoretical Ethics Milton Valentine
  • Not so; sin, as sin, can never be sufficiently stamped with the brand of reprobation.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • If I really give them cause for reprobation they will be neither wiser, nor better, nor sorrier.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • And Mrs. Berrington paused, in the extremity of her reprobation.

  • In South America generally, the character of the priesthood is unfortunately open to reprobation.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • They discover, even in an Oratorio, copious matter for reprobation.

    The Violin George Dubourg
British Dictionary definitions for reprobation


disapproval, blame, or censure
(Christianity) condemnation to eternal punishment in hell; rejection by God
Derived Forms
reprobative (ˈrɛprəbətɪv), reprobationary, adjective
reprobatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reprobation

c.1400, from Late Latin reprobationem (nominative reprobatio), noun of action from past participle stem of reprobare (see reprobate (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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