reprobate

There's no way around it, a reprobate is a bad egg. The black sheep of the family, missing a moral compass — a reprobate's been called everything from a deviant to an evildoer to a scoundrel.

Selfish, depraved, disreputable, a reprobate is not known for his inner goodness. In fact, reprobates were once considered "rejected by God," the meaning of the noun in the 1500s. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, a reprobate was a popular literary character, sometimes amusing, as noted in Henry James' Daisy Miller, "What a clever little reprobate she was, and how smartly she played an injured innocence!"

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: reprobate

1
nadjv
a person without moral scruples
deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
express strong disapproval of
2
v
reject (documents) as invalid
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: reprobate
1

n a person without moral scruples

Synonyms:
miscreant
Types:
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degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
black sheep, scapegrace
a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
wretch
performs some wicked deed
fetishist
one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
masochist
someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
nympho, nymphomaniac
a woman with abnormal sexual desires
child molester, paederast, pederast
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
paedophile, pedophile
an adult who is sexually attracted to children
sadist
someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain or others
sadomasochist
someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
lech, lecher, letch, satyr
man with strong sexual desires
bugger, sod, sodomist, sodomite
someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)
Type of:
offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law

adj deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good

“the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat”
Synonyms:
depraved, perverse, perverted
corrupt
lacking in integrity

v express strong disapproval of

“These ideas were reprobated
Synonyms:
condemn, decry, excoriate, objurgate
Type of:
denounce
speak out against

v abandon to eternal damnation

“God reprobated the unrepenting sinner”
Type of:
condemn, doom, sentence
pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
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v reject (documents) as invalid

Antonyms:
approbate
accept (documents) as valid
Type of:
reject
refuse to accept or acknowledge
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