- not reputable; having a bad reputation: a disreputable barroom.
- discreditable; dishonorable.
- shabby or shoddy; of poor quality or condition: disreputable clothes.
Origin of disreputable
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2. disgraceful, ignoble, unprincipled, objectionable, low, shameful, debased.
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Examples from the Web for disreputable
Acting was still a disreputable profession, but respectable Nelly is reluctant to become his kept woman.Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens in Love
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The program was called “disreputable if not outright illegal” by some NSA officials and was ultimately shut down in 1973.Why the NSA’s Vietnam-Era Watch List Is Still Relevant
September 26, 2013
So far, so disreputable, especially if you bought into Assange's rock-star status.I Love the Julian Assange Show!
July 3, 2012
In 1972, as a young director, he saw his first film released to a handful of disreputable theaters.Stop Remaking Horror Movies!
April 29, 2010
Or must they have been pushed, perhaps by her disreputable boyfriend or even a deranged stranger?A Novelist's Biracial Struggle
John Douglas Marshall
March 12, 2010
I mean the mounted and disreputable portion, not the decent infantry.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
They spoke of him as "he," and as leading a painfully worthless and disreputable life.In the Valley
I hope you don't think it is disreputable to belong to a good newspaper?'A Woman Intervenes
You have to visit your disreputable cousin on the sly, have you?The Prisoner of Zenda
Its voice was not the trumpeting of the disreputable goddess we all know—not blatant—not brazen.Lord Jim
- having or causing a lack of repute
- disordered in appearance
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Word Origin and History for disreputable
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