Definition of repute in US English:



  • 1The opinion generally held of someone or something; the state of being generally regarded in a particular way.

    ‘pollution could bring the authority's name into bad repute’
    • ‘Springer will star as the Producer's brilliant agent of questionable moral repute.’
    • ‘Those who knew him by repute, or knew him not at all, are similarly indebted to a man who did so much, either directly or indirectly, to make Australia a better place in which to live.’
    • ‘In 1640 Edward Dacres published the first English translation of The Prince, but it was well known both by repute and in Italian and Latin texts throughout the previous century.’
    • ‘Costello is an aging Australian novelist of some repute.’
    • ‘He is a stockbroker house of less than perfect repute.’
    • ‘The speech is equally conspicuous for what Paulson omitted to mention about his industry's own role in contributing to the low repute in which corporate America is now held.’
    • ‘But great cars can also shatter reputations and fell giants, leaving a legacy of bitterness and ill repute that throws a permanent road-block across promising paths of technical innovation.’
    • ‘On 6th January 1759 he married Martha Dandridge Custis, by repute the wealthiest widow in Virginia.’
    • ‘I would have you executed for your crime, but it would bring me into bad repute with my countrymen.’
    • ‘A woman of ill repute, Ripples is a permanent fixture at Aldo's.’
    • ‘John Woo certainly lives up to his repute and delivers absolutely breathtaking action scenes and camera maneuvers, which are, quite frankly, the only aspects that keep you watching the movie till the end.’
    • ‘Even in terms of only modified rapture, however, Sebok's musicianship could be judged as beyond repute.’
    • ‘Aranganathan, a writer and literary critic of repute, has written an article on Paa.Visalam's book.’
    • ‘They had kept Tom in a tiny cell, feeding him nothing but a bit of moldy bread and some water of questionable repute.’
    • ‘The next poem, ‘Sol Lewitt's Double Pyramid,’ plays on an art form of minimalist repute but multiple aspects.’
    • ‘In a separate attack, Chanel's Web site was defaced by an attacker calling himself ‘TheRegister’, which we are somewhat concerned may bring our name into repute.’
    • ‘Large firms may be held in greater repute, and corporate officers of larger firms may be paid more than others.’
    • ‘There is Pittsburgh, of grimy repute, recently named the most livable U.S. city.’
    • ‘A string of useful books, particularly The English Flower Garden, compiled mostly from articles published in his journals, further buoyed his repute in gardening circles.’
    • ‘She was a theatre major, and a director of repute within the student body.’
    reputation, name, character
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    1. 1.1 The state of being highly thought of; fame.
      ‘chefs of international repute’
      • ‘Dr. Veena has been a Yoga teacher of high repute for almost 25 years.’
      • ‘On the subject of the various reports emanating out of the North, he confined himself to the suggestion that ‘an investigator of international repute be brought in’ to assist in the Omagh affair.’
      • ‘Its managers were of the highest repute, and they were able to charge very high fees.’
      • ‘She accepted gladly, vowing to turn the museum into an institution of international repute.’
      • ‘Sam is honored equally and returns to great repute in the Shire.’
      • ‘From a novelist of such great repute, In The Forest comes as a disappointment.’
      • ‘Though formal, they are excellently structured courses of international repute.’
      • ‘The sultry singer has offered her second full album titled The Fine Print, an effort that will certainly underline her credentials as a lyricist and vocalist of some repute.’
      • ‘Visits took in her favorite galleries, museums, and, inevitably for a bibliophile of international repute, the British Library.’
      • ‘Not only was she a dancer of international repute, a teacher, and a rehearsal director, but she also managed things behind the scenes with quiet reliability, without taking the laurels.’
      • ‘Her achievement was as a philosopher of international repute and author of 26 novels including the Booker prize-winning The Sea The Sea, three plays and six highly praised works of philosophy.’
      • ‘Last month, it decided to commission an independent review of the scheme by experts of international repute.’
      • ‘Further accolades go to screenwriter Goldman, a Hollywood veteran of great and deserved repute, for accepting this script doctoring job, without which the film certainly wouldn't have been made.’
      • ‘They work for Dr Sid now, who, despite his name, is a scientist and thinker of international repute.’
      • ‘Berni Searle's emergence as an artist of international repute coincides more or less with South Africa's first decade of democracy.’
      • ‘Both had found work as ship's boys aboard the same ship - The Bastante, a vessel of good repute.’
      • ‘With actors of such high repute, the Lusaka shows promise to be a big success and will definitely leave many a theatre goer screaming for more.’
      • ‘Several singers of international repute made or consolidated their early reputations with the company, which continues to provide a training ground for young Welsh singers.’
      • ‘Decent restaurants, shops of international repute, bearable hotel, excellent restaurants and the bustle that spells boom.’
      • ‘He has been a member of The Royal Ballet since 1976, was made principal in 1984, and is also a choreographer of considerable repute.’
      fame, renown, celebrity, distinction, high standing, stature, eminence, prominence, note, prestige, account
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be reputed
  • 1Be generally said or believed to do something or to have particular characteristics.

    ‘he was reputed to have a fabulous house’
    • ‘By the time the companion exhibition catalogue was written, however, he was devoting nearly all his time to concert-party paintings, and his works were reputed to increase attendance at the all-night events.’
    • ‘Prester John was reputed to have withstood the onslaught of Islam and was therefore perceived as a potentially powerful ally in the Crusades.’
    • ‘‘Li is reputed to have a close business relationship with key figures in Beijing and he has a number of real estate and infrastructure projects in the mainland,’ said the document.’
    • ‘Abramovich, who is reputed to have excellent connections in the Kremlin, is now in the process of selling off his controlling interest in Russia's largest aluminium enterprise.’
    • ‘It is reputed in Japanese culture that noisy eating is a compliment to the cook.’
    • ‘It's doubtful if either of the two gentlemen have the chops for such clownishness, although they both are reputed to have fierce tempers.’
    • ‘He rarely left his house, and was reputed to spend twelve hours a day at work in his studio.’
    • ‘He is reputed to have said: ‘I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people’.’
    • ‘She could not or would not cook and her mother-in-law was reputed to be the best cook in Egypt.’
    • ‘I had to check the dictionary to discover that Boeotians were inhabitants of a city-state northwest of Attica, reputed to be dull and stupid.’
    • ‘He is reputed to have used the back of an envelope on which to scribble his aims before meeting the media outside Number 10.’
    • ‘Audience members are reputed to have walked out complaining that the film was ‘disgusting’ and then were referred by cinema staff to the ‘U’ certificate it had been granted.’
    • ‘Dickens was replaced on the ten pound note by an equally hirsute Charles Darwin in 2000 (beards being reputed to be a deterrent to would-be forgers).’
    • ‘It is reputed that North America's best-attended Elvis impersonation contests took place in Quebec.’
    • ‘The bank are reputed to have spent [pounds sterling] 400,000 on the purchase and twice that amount on the restoration.’
    • ‘It has banned a number of sectarian and fundamentalist groups reputed to have links with terrorist groups.’
    • ‘In Italy, Tiramisu is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Her son-in-law, Henry Bridgewater, was reputed to be the richest black man in St Louis.’
    • ‘Even in those straitened times, Hilal's family was reputed to have several thousand, although the sheikh was too old to ride a camel and rarely saw them.’
    • ‘The camp is believed to be somewhere in the third world and the activists are reputed to have international funding from an unknown source.’
    thought, said, reported, rumoured, believed, held, considered, regarded, deemed, judged, estimated
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    1. 1.1usually as adjective reputed Be generally said or believed to exist or be of a particular type, despite not being so.
      ‘this area gave the lie to the reputed flatness of the country’
      • ‘The grounds lay claim to an ancient oak tree - reputed to be over 600 years old - that is listed on the prestigious Tree Registry of Ireland.’
      • ‘Jane Davenant was a natural suspect in view of her son William Davenant's reputed willingness to believe that Shakespeare begot him.’
      • ‘Young recounts the familiar story of Lincoln's meeting with Harriet Beecher Stowe, and his reputed claim that her novel served as a catalyst for war.’
      • ‘When Cromwell came from Youghal and gazed upon the spectacularly beautiful Suir valley, he is reputed to have declared, ‘Now there's a land worth fighting for’.’
      • ‘Despite the architect's reputed denial, the commission from the Prime Minister must have helped to secure, two years later, what was to be the most important commission of his career - the rebuilding of the Bank of England.’
      • ‘Secular Americans may be further discomfited to learn that their government's top lawyer is reputed to believe that tabby cats are satanic.’
      • ‘Moreover, those who ruled abroad often occupied the lower half of the sociocultural ladder in Britain, and were frequently reputed as ne'er-do-wells and superfluous men who presumably couldn't hack it back home.’
      supposed, putative
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    2. 1.2usually as adjective reputed Be widely known and respected.
      ‘intensive training with reputed coaches’
      • ‘The portrait, reputed to be the most widely reproduced photograph in the world, has come to symbolize not just the ideals of the Cuban revolution but of revolution in general.’
      • ‘Thanks largely to shameless self-promotion in his autobiography, a vivid and amusing account written in the vernacular, he is one of the best documented and most widely reputed Mannerist artists after Michelangelo.’
      well thought of, well respected, respected, highly regarded, with a good reputation, of good repute
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Late Middle English: from Old French reputer or Latin reputare ‘think over’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + putare ‘think’.