disreputability

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

disreputability (countable and uncountable, plural disreputabilities)

  1. The state of being disreputable.
    • 1937, T. S. Eliot, "Byron" in On Poetry and Poets, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1961, p. 239,
      [] with all his bogus diabolism and his vanity of pretending to disreputability, he is genuinely superstitious and disreputable.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part One, Chapter 5, [1]
      [] a faint air of disreputability always clung to him.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for disreputability in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)