- estimation in the view of others; reputation: persons of good repute.
- favorable reputation; good name; public respect.
- 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
1400–50; late Middle English reputen (v.) < Middle French reputer < Latin reputāre to compute, consider, equivalent to re- re- + putāre to think
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2. distinction, honor. 3. hold, deem, reckon.
2. See credit.
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Examples from the Web for repute
Erik Rush, a semiliterate “pundit” of no repute, tweeted that Saudis should be aggressively profiled at American airports.Boston Marathon Bombing Media Errors Pile Up, as Does the Outrage
April 18, 2013
Name Synonyms; reputation, title, appellation, denomination, repute.Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
With a few of his own kind he had the repute of one who said very good things.Weighed and Wanting
Saunders was a bachelor of fifty and a misogynist by repute.Quaint Courtships
Tawell was executed, and the notoriety of the case brought the telegraph into repute.Heroes of the Telegraph
Also figuratively: bld wde sprang (his repute spread afar), 18.Beowulf
Peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.American Notes
- (tr; usually passive) to consider (a person or thing) to be as specifiedhe is reputed to be intelligent
- public estimation; reputationa writer of little repute
C15: from Old French reputer, from Latin reputāre to think over, from re- + putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for repute
1550s, from repute (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper