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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."


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  • IPA(key): /ˌɹɛpjʊˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


reputation (countable and uncountable, plural reputations)

  1. What somebody is known for.
    • 1529, John Frith, A pistle to the Christen reader. The Revelation of Antichrist: Antithesis, [] [1], 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.
    • 1928, Roosevelt, Franklin D., The Happy Warrior Alfred E. Smith[2], Houghton Mifflin, OCLC 769015, OL 6719278M, page 12:
      Sometimes a man makes a reputation, deserved or otherwise, by a single action.

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  • 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.


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reputation f (plural reputations)

  1. reputation