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[rep-yuh-tey-shuh n] /ˌrɛp yəˈteɪ ʃən/
the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally; repute:
a man of good reputation.
favorable repute; good name:
to ruin one's reputation by misconduct.
a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.:
to build up a reputation.
the estimation or name of being, having, having done, etc., something specified:
He has the reputation of being a shrewd businessman.
Origin of reputation
1325-75; Middle English reputacioun < Latin reputātiōn- (stem of reputātiō) computation, consideration, equivalent to reputāt(us) (past participle of reputāre; see repute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reputational, adjective
self-reputation, noun
1. regard, name. Reputation, character are often confused. Reputation, however, is the word which refers to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others, in respect to attainments, integrity, and the like: a fine reputation; a reputation for honesty. Character is the combination of moral and other traits which make one the kind of person one actually is (as contrasted with what others think of one): Honesty is an outstanding trait of his character. 2. fame, distinction, renown, esteem, honor, recognition. 3. See credit.
2. disrepute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reputation
  • Such reputation as he has guarded depends wholly upon his songs.
  • The duel, however, attracted considerable attention at the time owing to the reputation of the combatants.
  • Carnival has a somewhat unfair reputation as a party line.
  • Financial innovation has a bad reputation at the moment, because exotic derivatives were one of the causes of the credit crunch.
  • It would be ironic if the master spin-doctor's reward ended up destroying his own reputation.
  • Therefore, negative publicity increases awareness but decreases reputation.
  • It wants to shed its reputation for bungling and heavy-handedness.
  • Silk had made his reputation as a combat photographer.
  • Yet some elusive creatures have retained their monstrous reputation.
  • In truth, the secret of their enduring reputation depends less on what they did than on the name under which they did it.
British Dictionary definitions for reputation


the estimation in which a person or thing is generally held; opinion
a high opinion generally held about a person or thing; esteem
notoriety or fame, esp for some specified characteristic
have a reputation, to be known or notorious, esp for promiscuity, excessive drinking, or the like
Derived Forms
reputationless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reputātiō a reckoning, from reputāre to calculate, meditate; see repute
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Word Origin and History for reputation

mid-14c., "credit, good reputation," from Latin reputationem (nominative reputatio) "consideration, a thinking over," noun of action from past participle stem of reputare "reflect upon, reckon, count over," from re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + putare "to reckon, consider" (see putative).

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