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While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  an immoral person; or immoral behavior
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  • While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • And endure their silent reprobation.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • ’No, reprobate! you are a castaway — be off, or I’ll hurt you seriously!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • There was no police investigation nor social reprobation.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • I returned home not disappointed, for I have said that I had long considered those authors useless whom the professor reprobated; but I returned not at all the more inclined to recur to these studies in any shape.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ’Mulch, you little reprobate,’ roared Root.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • And here I cannot but remark, what is very common, that the two honest men had the worst wives, (I mean as to industry, cleanliness, and ingenuity) while the three reprobates enjoyed women of quite contrary qualities.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • O reprobate, would’st wrangle with thy sire?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They say the alligator, the rhinoceros, though enclosed in bullet-proof mail, have each a spot where they are vulnerable; and fierce, reckless, unbelieving reprobates, have commonly this point in superstitious dread.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It shocked her to realize that anyone as absolutely perfect as Ashley could have any thought in common with such a reprobate as Rhett Butler.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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  • The venomous old reprobate had no need of descanting on that theme.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • On a dark, misty, raw morning in January, I had left a hostile roof with a desperate and embittered heart — a sense of outlawry and almost of reprobation — to seek the chilly harbourage of Lowood: that bourne so far away and unexplored.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Nay, but this IS England, you abandoned young reprobate," interposed Lord Antony with a laugh, "and do not, I pray, bring your loose foreign ways into this most moral country."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • As a frank outspoken woman she walked toward the house, dragging her secret after her, while Rosemary looked after with reprobation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He gazed with terror on this beauty, which was blossoming out ever more triumphant and superb beside him, beneath his very eyes, on the innocent and formidable brow of that child, from the depths of her homeliness, of his old age, of his misery, of his reprobation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It pointed the finger of fine scorn and reprobation all over the map.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • You a reprobate, and I—in my condition….
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But I had soon reason to repent those foolish words: for that malicious reprobate, having often endeavoured in vain to persuade both the captains that I might be thrown into the sea (which they would not yield to, after the promise made me that I should not die), however, prevailed so far, as to have a punishment inflicted on me, worse, in all human appearance, than death itself.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Well, everybody know he a reprobate.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • When Madam his wife die the reprobate marry again quick, to a young girl from Martinique — it’s too much for him.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • And here let those Who boast in mortal things, and wondering tell Of Babel, and the works of Memphian kings, Learn how their greatest monuments of fame And strength, and art, are easily outdone By Spirits reprobate, and in an hour What in an age they, with incessant toil And hands innumerable, scarce perform.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Old Miss Crawley was certainly one of the reprobate.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Archer had been greatly moved by old Catherine’s account of Madame Olenska’s attitude toward Mrs. Beaufort; it made the righteous reprobation of New York seem like a passing by on the other side.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • What if we do omit This reprobate till he were well inclined; And satisfy the deputy with the visage Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The terrible word "disinheritance," with all its impressive moral reprobation, was still ringing there; seemed indeed to gather force as it lingered.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He knew there were people in St. Ogg’s who made a show without money to support it, and he had always heard such people spoken of by his own friends with contempt and reprobation.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Dorothea’s brow took an expression of reprobation and pity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Flora continued to fix me with her small mask of reprobation, and even at that minute I prayed God to forgive me for seeming to see that, as she stood there holding tight to our friend’s dress, her incomparable childish beauty had suddenly failed, had quite vanished.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • For though the Scripture bee clear for an universall Resurrection; yet wee do not read, that to any of the Reprobate is promised an Eternall life.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The House, however, by the management of a certain member, took it up when I happen’d to be absent, which I thought not very fair, and reprobated it without paying any attention to it at all, to my no small mortification.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • On the contrary the fair Jewess, though sensible her patient now regarded her as one of a race of reprobation, with whom it was disgraceful to hold any beyond the most necessary intercourse, ceased not to pay the same patient and devoted attention to his safety and convalescence.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • To attach myself to your sister, therefore, was not a thing to be thought of;—and with a meanness, selfishness, cruelty— which no indignant, no contemptuous look, even of yours, Miss Dashwood, can ever reprobate too much—I was acting in this manner, trying to engage her regard, without a thought of returning it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • He spits them out with a remorseful air, for he feels that it is in his nature to be an unimprovable reprobate and that it’s no good HIS trying to keep awake, for HE won’t never know nothink.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But for some unknown reason he had long entertained the conviction that the old reprobate, who was lying at death’s door, would perhaps not at all object now to Grushenka’s securing a respectable position, and marrying a man "to be depended upon."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • From his remarks his parents now gathered the real reason of the separation; and their Christianity was such that, reprobates being their especial care, the tenderness towards Tess which her blood, her simplicity, even her poverty, had not engendered, was instantly excited by her sin.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • This old reprobate was one of the sufferers when Cotton Mather, and his brother ministers, and the learned judges, and other wise men, and Sir William Phipps, the sagacious governor, made such laudable efforts to weaken the great enemy of souls, by sending a multitude of his adherents up the rocky pathway of Gallows Hill.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He threatened him with the entire loss of his favour, if he ever heard such another word from his mouth; for, he said, he would never support or befriend a reprobate.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He was not of the Ned Winters family, who were very respectable people in Winesburg, but was one of the three sons of the old man called Windpeter Winters who had a sawmill near Unionville, six miles away, and who was looked upon by everyone in Winesburg as a confirmed old reprobate.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Knowing that Fanny had been laid in the reprobates’ quarter of the graveyard, called in the parish "behind church," which was invisible from the road, it was impossible to resist the impulse to enter and look upon a spot which, from nameless feelings, she at the same time dreaded to see.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Why did such an idea occur to her even enough to be reprobated and forbidden?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ’This fellow—I grieve to say my brother’s son: a reprobate and profligate, stained with every mean and selfish crime—this fellow, coming here today to disturb a solemn ceremony, and knowing that the consequence of his presenting himself in another man’s house at such a time, and persisting in remaining there, must be his being kicked into the streets and dragged through them like the vagabond he is—this fellow, mark you, brings with him his sister as a protection, thinking we would not…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Surely you do not want to enter Heaven in the company of a reprobate like me.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • All honest men must demand reprobation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "reprobate"—and it stung him to hear that word.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This heat took many forms; it showed itself in satire, in sentiment, in curiosity, in reprobation.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Herr Naphta would rather impugn art than admit it could make a human being of even the worst reprobate.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The majority then reprobated the line of policy which he adopted, and which has since been unanimously approved by the nation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Wherefore I reprobate the phrase of parent or mother country applied to England only, as being false, selfish, narrow and ungenerous.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • It then served variously as the gasp of humility, gratitude, admiration; the gasp of chaste emotion, the gasp of reprobation toward others who did not come forward to be uplifted.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • You low degenerates, you accursed reprobates; you would steal the pennies from a dead man’s eyes, as you have from mine, fearful, awful, and bloodthirsty mountain grills that you are!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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