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disreputable

[dis-rep-yuh-tuh-buh l] /dɪsˈrɛp yə tə bəl/
adjective
1.
not reputable; having a bad reputation:
a disreputable barroom.
2.
discreditable; dishonorable.
3.
shabby or shoddy; of poor quality or condition:
disreputable clothes.
Origin of disreputable
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; dis-1 + reputable
Related forms
disreputability, disreputableness, noun
disreputably, adverb
Synonyms
2. disgraceful, ignoble, unprincipled, objectionable, low, shameful, debased.
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  • 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 Harold Frederic
  • I hope you don't think it is disreputable to belong to a good newspaper?'

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • You have to visit your disreputable cousin on the sly, have you?

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • Its voice was not the trumpeting of the disreputable goddess we all know—not blatant—not brazen.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for disreputable

disreputable

/dɪsˈrɛpjʊtəbəl/
adjective
1.
having or causing a lack of repute
2.
disordered in appearance
Derived Forms
disreputability, disreputableness, noun
disreputably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disreputable
adj.

1710 (implied in disreputableness); see dis- + reputable. Related: Disreputably.

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