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  • n. The act of reprobating; the state of being reprobated; strong disapproval or censure.
  • n. The predestination of a certain number of the human race as reprobates, or objects of condemnation and punishment; damnation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reprobating; the state of being reprobated; strong disapproval or censure.
  • n. The predestination of a certain number of the human race as reprobates, or objects of condemnation and punishment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reprobating, or of vehemently disapproving or condemning.
  • n. The state of being reprobated; condemnation; censure; rejection.
  • n. In theology, the act of consigning or the state of being consigned to eternal punishment; the predestination by the decree and counsel of God of certain individuals or communities to eternal death, as election is the predestination to eternal life.
  • n. In ecclesiastical law, the propounding of exceptions to facts, persons, or things.
  • n. Disqualification to bear office: a punishment inflicted upon military officers for neglect of duty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. severe disapproval
  • n. rejection by God; the state of being condemned to eternal misery in Hell


French réprobation, or Latin reprobatio. (Wiktionary)


  • The word reprobation may be sometimes used ambiguously, but it was not so used by me: and, if it had been, blame for that thing ought not to be laid on me, who have used that word in the sense and according to the use of those, whose views I presented, but especially according to the sense in which it has been used by yourself, with whom I have begun this discussion.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 3

  • I am wholly of the opinion that the word reprobation, according to the use of the Latin language, properly signifies non-election, if election does not consist without reprobation.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 3

  • The Resident addressed some very strong and just words to this man in reprobation of his conduct, which were translated for the benefit of the crowd.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • But this election of some to be servants the Scripture calls reprobation, and speaks of it as the issue of hatred, or a purpose of rejection, Rom. ix.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • + So-called negative reprobation, which is commonly defended by those who maintain election to glory antecedently to foreseen merits, means that simultaneously with the predestination of the elect God either positively excludes the damned from the decree of election to glory or at least fails to include them in it, without, however, destining them to positive punishment except consequently on their foreseen demerits.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Which that I may do to your edification, I shall First shew you what this word reprobation signifieth in the general, as it concerneth persons temporary and visibly reprobate: Second, more particularly, as it concerneth persons that are eternally and invisibly reprobate.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • Wherefore discouragement comes from want of light, because they are not skilful in the word of righteousness: for had the discouragement at first been true, which yet it could not be, unless the person knew by name himself under eternal reprobation, which is indeed impossible, then his light would have pinched him harder; light would rather have fastened this his fear, than at all have rid him of it (Heb 5: 12-14).

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • (b) that the eternal plan of God can never intend a positive reprobation to hell, but only a negative reprobation, that is to say, an exclusion from heaven.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The distinction between the loss of consideration which a person may rightly incur by defect of prudence or of personal dignity, and the reprobation which is due to him for an offence against the rights of others, is not a merely nominal distinction.

    Chapter IV. Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual

  • In fact, the schoolmaster had declared that she was an atheist, and that a kind of reprobation weighed down on her.

    The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8) Boule de Suif and Other Stories


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