[ rep-yuh-tey-shuhn ]
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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.

  1. a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.: to build up a reputation.

  2. the estimation or name of being, having, having done, etc., something specified: He has the reputation of being a shrewd businessman.

Origin of reputation

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English reputacioun, from Latin reputātiōn-, stem of reputātiō “computation, consideration,” from reputāt(us) “computed, considered” (past participle of reputāre “to compute, consider”; see repute) + -iō -ion

synonym study For reputation

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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Other words from reputation

  • rep·u·ta·tion·al, adjective
  • self-rep·u·ta·tion, noun

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How to use reputation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reputation


/ (ˌrɛpjʊˈteɪʃən) /

  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

  1. notoriety or fame, esp for some specified characteristic

  2. have a reputation to be known or notorious, esp for promiscuity, excessive drinking, or the like

Origin of reputation

C14: from Latin reputātiō a reckoning, from reputāre to calculate, meditate; see repute

Derived forms of reputation

  • reputationless, adjective

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