- 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
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1. regard, name. 2. fame, distinction, renown, esteem, honor, recognition.
1. 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. 3. See credit.
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Examples from the Web for reputation
“James Woods has a reputation in the business of not mincing words,” Breitbart posted in September 2013.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
He lambasts the case as without evidence, an unfair trial, and damaging for the American reputation.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
He had already let his reputation sour—and his country down—so he paid up.Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
But after those glory days, Kisangani's reputation took a turn.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Hitchcock's reputation before the Cahiers group had not been exalted.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
"Many have had that reputation who do not deserve it," said Robert.Brave and Bold
It was but just, that a man should be spoken evil of, who set no value upon his reputation.
So, Miss, if you have a real value for your reputation, shew it as you ought.
I have no idea that he will ever acquire the reputation of a great statesman.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Hal did not lose any reputation because he failed to take Andrew Lanning at once.Way of the Lawless
- 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
C14: from Latin reputātiō a reckoning, from reputāre to calculate, meditate; see repute
Word Origin and History for reputation
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