1. a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
  2. a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.


  1. morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.
  2. rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.

verb (used with object), rep·ro·bat·ed, rep·ro·bat·ing.

  1. to disapprove, condemn, or censure.
  2. (of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.


  1. morally unprincipled; depraved
  2. Christianity destined or condemned to eternal punishment in hell


  1. an unprincipled, depraved, or damned person
  2. a disreputable or roguish personthe old reprobate

verb (tr)

  1. to disapprove of; condemn
  2. (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.

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