1. Forsaken, deserted. "Your abandoned streams."

2. Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked; as, an abandoned villain.

Synonyms: Profligate, dissolute, corrupt, vicious, depraved, reprobate, wicked, unprincipled, graceless, vile.

Abandoned, Profligate, Reprobate. These adjectives agree in expressing the idea of great personal depravity. Profligate has reference to open and shameless immoralities, either in private life or political conduct; as, a profligate court, a profligate ministry. Abandoned is stronger, and has reference to the searing of conscience and hardening of heart produced by a man's giving himself wholly up to iniquity; as, a man of abandoned character. Reprobate describes the condition of one who has become insensible to reproof, and who is morally abandoned and lost beyond hope of recovery. " God gave them over to a reprobate mind." (Rom. I. 28)

(01 Mar 1998)

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