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[ri-pyoot] /rɪˈpyut/
estimation in the view of others; reputation:
persons of good repute.
favorable reputation; good name; public respect.
verb (used with object), reputed, reputing.
to consider or believe (a person or thing) to be as specified; regard (usually used in the passive):
He was reputed to be a millionaire.
Origin of repute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English reputen (v.) < Middle French reputer < Latin reputāre to compute, consider, equivalent to re- re- + putāre to think
2. distinction, honor. See credit. 3. hold, deem, reckon.
2. dishonor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This friendship put the finishing touch upon the Butterfly Man's repute.

  • Saunders was a bachelor of fifty and a misogynist by repute.

  • In spite of his many reverses, Eudes had greatly increased the power and repute of the house of Chartres.

    The Story of Chartres Cecil Headlam
  • Tawell was executed, and the notoriety of the case brought the telegraph into repute.

  • This was the high-born Witiza of Aquitaine, the ascetic virtuosity of whose early life had won him repute.

  • Peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • As Africa had been the grave of countless military reputations, so Farwell saw his own repute interred along the Coldstream.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • Like Monsieur Manette, your father, the gentleman was of repute in Paris.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for repute


(transitive; usually passive) to consider (a person or thing) to be as specified: he is reputed to be intelligent
public estimation; reputation: a writer of little repute
Word Origin
C15: from Old French reputer, from Latin reputāre to think over, from re- + putāre to think
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repute

late 14c., from Middle French reputer (late 13c.) or directly from Latin reputare "to count over, reckon; think over" (see reputation). Related: Reputed; reputing.


1550s, from repute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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