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Reproba'tion. n.s. [reprobation, Fr. from reprobate.]

  1. The act of abandoning or state of being abandoned to eternal destruction.

    This sight would make him do a desperate turn;
    Yea curse his better angel from his side,
    And fall to reprobation.
    Shakesp. Othello.

    Though some words may be accommodated to God's predestination, yet it is the scope of that text to treat of the reprobation of any man to hell-fire. Bramhall against Hobbs.

    God, upon a true repentance, is not so fatally tied to the spindle of absolute reprobation, as not to keep his promise, and seal merciful pardons. Maine.

  2. A condemnatory sentence.

    You are empower'd to give the final decision of wit, to put your stamp on all that ought to pass for current, and set a brand of reprobation on clipt poetry and false coin. Dryden.

Sources: Bramhall, John (9) · Dryden, John (788) · Mayne, Jasper (1) · Shakespeare's Othello (60)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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