By Deane Barker

Definition: a morally unprincipled person

“Reprove” means to scold or express disapproval of someone. A “reprobate” is technically someone on the receiving end of that disapproval.

Why I Looked It Up

On the back of a romance novel:

When Elizabeth laid eyes on drunk, disorderly Sam, the disdain was more than mutual. The crude, uncivilized reprobate was her escort? Why, she’d be safer in a bed of rattlesnakes!

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