14c. "credit, good reputation", Latin reputationem (“consideration, thinking over”), noun of action from past participle stem of reputo (“reflect upon, reckon, count over”), from the prefix re- (“again”) + puto (“reckon, consider”). Displaced native Old English hlīsa, which was also the word for "fame."
- What somebody is known for.
- 1529, John Frith, A pistle to the Christen reader. The Revelation of Antichrist: Antithesis, […] , Luft [i.e. Hoochstraten], page 117:
- And Balaam (or as the trueth of the hebrewe hath Bileam) doth signifie the people of no reputation / or the vayne people or they that are not counted for people.
- Adjectives often applied to "reputation": good, great, excellent, bad, stellar, tarnished, evil, damaged, dubious, spotless, terrible, ruined, horrible, lost, literary, corporate, global, personal, academic, scientific, posthumous, moral, artistic.
- reputation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- reputation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- “repute” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.
reputation f (plural reputations)