estimation in the view of others; reputation: persons of good repute.
favorable reputation; good name; public respect.

verb (used with object), re·put·ed, re·put·ing.

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

Synonyms for repute

Synonym study

2. See credit.

Antonyms for repute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repute

Contemporary Examples of repute

Historical Examples of repute

  • With a few of his own kind he had the repute of one who said very good things.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Saunders was a bachelor of fifty and a misogynist by repute.

  • Tawell was executed, and the notoriety of the case brought the telegraph into repute.

  • Also figuratively: bld wde sprang (his repute spread afar), 18.



  • Peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for repute



(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

Word Origin for repute

C15: from Old French reputer, from Latin reputāre to think over, from re- + putāre to think
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for repute

late 14c., from Middle French reputer (late 13c.) or directly from Latin reputare "to count over, reckon; think over" (see reputation). Related: Reputed; reputing.


1550s, from repute (v.).

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