Reprobate Rep"ro*bate (-b?t), a. [L. reprobatus, p. p. of reprobare to disapprove, condemn. See {Reprieve}, {Reprove}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not enduring proof or trial; not of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them. --Jer. vi. 30. [1913 Webster]

2. Abandoned to punishment; hence, morally abandoned and lost; given up to vice; depraved. [1913 Webster]

And strength, and art, are easily outdone By spirits reprobate. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to one who is given up to wickedness; as, reprobate conduct. ``Reprobate desire.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Abandoned; vitiated; depraved; corrupt; wicked; profligate; base; vile. See {Abandoned}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Reprobate — Rep ro*bate, n. One morally abandoned and lost. [1913 Webster] I acknowledge myself for a reprobate, a villain, a traitor to the king. Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reprobate — I adjective accusable, bad, base, blameworthy, corrupt, criminal, culpable, degenerate, depraved, disgusting, disreputable, dissolute, evil minded, facinorous, felonious, flagitious, flagrant, hardened, heinous, immoral, incorrigible, infamous,… …   Law dictionary

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