dis·​rep·​u·​ta·​ble | \(ˌ)dis-ˈre-pyə-tə-bəl \

Definition of disreputable 

: not reputable

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Other Words from disreputable

disreputability \(ˌ)dis-​ˌre-​pyə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
disreputableness \(ˌ)dis-​ˈre-​pyə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
disreputably \-​blē \ adverb

Examples of disreputable in a Sentence

a disreputable Internet retailer that had a record of hundreds of complaints for shoddy merchandise and slow refunds

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But in Wilde’s day, the church was still the Scarlet Woman, home for the disreputable and deplorable. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Oscar Wilde’s Catholicism," 8 Oct. 2018 Just a few decades ago, horror films were mostly considered disreputable and schlocky. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 As Marshall notes, this is standard racist rhetoric with a deep and disreputable history. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Uses Language of Exterminators in Attack on ‘Illegal Immigrants’," 19 June 2018 The 1972 Super Fly, cheaply made, unapologetically disreputable and brazenly cathartic, is one big coke-snort-a-go-go; barely a scene goes by without someone taking a hit. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: A New Superfly Gets By on Surface Pleasures—and Great Hair," 13 June 2018 Each actor read a scene written specifically for the tryout—all the better to keep The Good Place’s secrets a secret—in which Janet had been reimagined as a kind of customer-service agent for a disreputable company. Laura Bradley, HWD, "How The Good Place Built Janet, TV’s Most Scene-Stealing Not-a-Robot," 4 June 2018 Instead of wailing about the source of some funding for the conservative/libertarian scholars at George Mason University, why don’t the UnKoch people try to argue that those faculty members are teaching badly or producing disreputable research? WSJ, "What Would Old George Mason Say and Do?," 20 May 2018 As such they were regarded as a somewhat disreputable phenomenon. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 And next door in Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey is making her work to protect Confederate monuments a signature–and a shout-out to an old, disreputable tradition. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Political Uses of The Anti-Anti-Confederacy," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disreputable

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disreputable was circa 1726

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English Language Learners Definition of disreputable

: not respected or trusted by most people : having a bad reputation


dis·​rep·​u·​ta·​ble | \dis-ˈre-pyə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of disreputable

: not respectable or honest disreputable business practices

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