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reprobate

adjective

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having or showing lowered moral character or standards
  • a reprobate judge who could be bribed, and often with astonishing ease

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reprobate

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of reprobate (Entry 2 of 3)

a mean, evil, or unprincipled person
  • a program for rehabilitating hard-core reprobates and turning them into hard-working, law-abiding citizens

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reprobate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of reprobate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to be unwilling to grant
  • the board will most likely reprobate the request for parole

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3 to declare to be morally wrong or evil
  • spent much of her talk reprobating the callous indifference of a materialistic society to the suffering of people in the third world

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How does the verb reprobate differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of reprobate are censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, and reprehend. While all these words mean "to find fault with openly," reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction.

reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle

When would censure be a good substitute for reprobate?

The words censure and reprobate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding.

a Senator formally censured by his peers

When could condemn be used to replace reprobate?

The synonyms condemn and reprobate are sometimes interchangeable, but condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment.

condemned the government's racial policies

Where would criticize be a reasonable alternative to reprobate?

The words criticize and reprobate can be used in similar contexts, but criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions.

criticized the police for using violence

How are the words denounce and condemn related as synonyms of reprobate?

Denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration.

a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

When might reprehend be a better fit than reprobate?

While in some cases nearly identical to reprobate, reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking.

reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students

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“Reprobate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/reprobate. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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