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A.Word.A.Day--reprobate

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reprobate (REP-ruh-bayt) adjective

Depraved.

noun

A wicked person.

verb tr.

To disapprove or condemn.

[From Middle English, from Late Latin reprobatus, from reprobare (to disapprove), from re- + probare (to test, approve), from probus (good).]

See more usage examples of reprobate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Santa: con man and criminal, bilious reprobate, drunk, selfish, perverse. But like most Christmas stories, this one heads toward redemption, after the same journey traveled by that other seasonal reprobate, Ebenezer Scrooge." Stephen Hunter; Empty Suit; The Washington Post; Nov 25, 2004.

"FRSC warned that such persons would be booked as reprobate offenders, adding that they risked being jailed." 'Use Old Number Plate And Go to Jail'; This Day (Lagos, Nigeria); Jan 31, 2003.

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