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  1. the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally; repute: a man of good reputation.
  2. favorable repute; good name: to ruin one's reputation by misconduct.
  3. a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.: to build up a reputation.
  4. the estimation or name of being, having, having done, etc., something specified: He has the reputation of being a shrewd businessman.

Origin of reputation

1325–75; Middle English reputacioun < Latin reputātiōn- (stem of reputātiō) computation, consideration, equivalent to reputāt(us) (past participle of reputāre; see repute) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsrep·u·ta·tion·al, adjectiveself-rep·u·ta·tion, noun

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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.

Antonyms for reputation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of reputation

  • "Many have had that reputation who do not deserve it," said Robert.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I have no idea that he will ever acquire the reputation of a great statesman.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • So, Miss, if you have a real value for your reputation, shew it as you ought.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It was but just, that a man should be spoken evil of, who set no value upon his reputation.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Let me tell you, my dear, those acquisitions have given him more pride than reputation.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for reputation


  1. the estimation in which a person or thing is generally held; opinion
  2. a high opinion generally held about a person or thing; esteem
  3. notoriety or fame, esp for some specified characteristic
  4. have a reputation to be known or notorious, esp for promiscuity, excessive drinking, or the like
Derived Formsreputationless, adjective

Word Origin for reputation

C14: from Latin reputātiō a reckoning, from reputāre to calculate, meditate; see repute
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Word Origin and History for reputation

mid-14c., "credit, good reputation," from Latin reputationem (nominative reputatio) "consideration, a thinking over," noun of action from past participle stem of reputare "reflect upon, reckon, count over," from re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + putare "to reckon, consider" (see putative).

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