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1  —as in:
the reprobate lied
Definition an unprincipled or immoral person — sometimes used affectionately
  • A reprobate like her is not to be trusted
reprobate = an unprincipled or immoral person
  • The reprobate's behavior has exhausted the patience of her family.
reprobate = an unprincipled or immoral person

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2  —as in:
reprobate behavior
Definition unprincipled or immoral
  • She condemned his reprobate lifestyle.
reprobate = unprincipled or immoral
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It is considered a model company in a reprobate industry.
  • reprobate = unprincipled or immoral
  • In a tremulous state of dissatisfaction with himself—that any such grisly thought should have dared to obtrude itself upon him in this way—he got up and lit the lamp—re-read this disconcerting item in as cold and reprobative way as he could achieve, feeling that in so doing he was putting anything at which it hinted far from him once and for all.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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3  —as in:
she fears their reprobation
Definition expression of criticism
  • Their misbehavior merits all of our reprobation.
reprobation = expression of criticism
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The factions are filled with mistrust and mutual reprobation.
  • reprobation = expression of criticism
  • The want of common discretion, of caution: his going down to Richmond for the whole time of her being at Twickenham; her putting herself in the power of a servant; it was the detection, in short—oh, Fanny! it was the detection, not the offence, which she reprobated.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reprobated = criticized
  • Here was again a something of the same Mr. Crawford whom she had so reprobated before.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reprobated = criticized
  • Why did such an idea occur to her even enough to be reprobated and forbidden?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reprobated = criticized
  • She reprobated her brother's folly in being drawn on by a woman whom he had never cared for, to do what must lose him the woman he adored; but still more the folly of poor Maria, in sacrificing such a situation, plunging into such difficulties, under the idea of being really loved by a man who had long ago made his indifference clear.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reprobated = criticized
  • The obligation of attendance, the formality, the restraint, the length of time—altogether it is a formidable thing, and what nobody likes; and if the good people who used to kneel and gape in that gallery could have foreseen that the time would ever come when men and women might lie another ten minutes in bed, when they woke with a headache, without danger of reprobation, because chapel was missed, they would have jumped with joy and envy.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reprobation = condemnation
  • All honest men must demand reprobation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Have I, in the preceding words, conveyed to you sufficiently the warnings and reprobation of mankind?
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • And endure their silent reprobation.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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