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reprobation

Reprobation means disapproval. Severe disapproval. If you want to find out what it means for yourself, try telling your nasty boss what you really think of him.

Originally reprobation was a religious word meaning "rejection by God." The root word probate comes from the Latin word probare, which means "prove." A probate is someone who proves his worth. A reprobate was someone who'd proved himself to be worthless, and was therefore condemned to eternal suffering in Hell. Pretty harsh, huh? Today, a form of the word can even be used affectionately: "You old reprobate!"

Definitions of reprobation
  1. noun
    severe disapproval
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    type of:
    disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike
    an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
  2. noun
    rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell
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    type of:
    rejection
    the state of being rejected
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