- a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
- a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
- morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
- rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.
verb (used with object), rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing.
- to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
- (of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.
- morally unprincipled; depraved
- Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell
- an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
- a disreputable or roguish personthe old reprobate
- to disapprove of; condemn
- (of God) to destine, consign, or condemn to eternal punishment in hell
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.).
1540s, “one rejected by God,” from reprobate (adj.). Sense of “abandoned or unprincipled person” is from 1590s.