reprobated; reprobates; reprobating

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!"

Definitions of reprobate
  1. noun
    a person without moral scruples
    synonyms: miscreant
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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
    someone who performs some wicked deed
    one who engages in fetishism (especially of a sexual nature)
    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
    someone who obtains pleasure from inflicting pain on others
    someone who enjoys both sadism and masochism
    lech, lecher, letch, satyr
    man with strong sexual desires
    type of:
    offender, wrongdoer
    a person who transgresses moral or civil law
  2. adjective
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper or good
    “the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat”
    synonyms: depraved, perverse, perverted
    lacking in integrity
  3. verb
    express strong disapproval of
    “These ideas were reprobated
    synonyms: condemn, decry, excoriate, objurgate
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    type of:
    speak out against
  4. verb
    abandon to eternal damnation
    “God reprobated the unrepenting sinner”
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    condemn, doom, sentence
    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
  5. verb
    reject (documents) as invalid
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    accept (documents) as valid
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    refuse to accept or acknowledge
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