dis·​re·​pute | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈpyüt How to pronounce disrepute (audio) \

Definition of disrepute

: lack or decline of good reputation : a state of being held in low esteem

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disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism. sent home in disgrace dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem. preferred death to life with dishonor disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation. a once proud name fallen into disrepute infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame. a day that lives in infamy ignominy stresses humiliation. the ignominy of being arrested

When to Use Disrepute

A reputation can be easy to lose, and someone who is no longer respectable may eventually find he's become genuinely disreputable—the kind of person that almost no one wants to be seen with. Disrepute isn't only for individuals: A company may fall into disrepute as a result of news stories about its products' defects; drug scandals have brought entire sports into disrepute; and a scientific theory may fall into disrepute as a result of new discoveries.

Examples of disrepute in a Sentence

The theory has been in disrepute for years. a once proud name fallen into disrepute
Recent Examples on the Web Grift at the level of the Kentucky Derby, and the trainer Bob Baffert’s career of breezy impunity, only deepen its disrepute among the general public. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 After World War II, eugenics fell into disrepute -- and periodic encomiums to the late Dr. Owens-Adair began to leave out the work for which she had been best known. oregonlive, 10 May 2021 Judge Price’s conduct has, not only brought the judicial office into disrepute but also degraded the public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 26 Apr. 2021 After falling into disrepute a decade ago in the wake of a manipulation scandal, the world’s largest banks and regulators world-wide are scheduled to abandon the short-term borrowing benchmark by year-end. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2021 But even Hastings isn’t immune from falling into disrepute. Olivia-anne Cleary, Vulture, 23 Mar. 2021 Even the department’s Office of Public Affairs—the public relations department—has fallen into disrepute. Ankush Khardori, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2020 The scams and subsequent law enforcement stings left a stench of disrepute on the broader crypto industry—one that has helped obscure the real progress made by ventures like Filecoin and PolkaDot. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2020 There's the shapeshifting Doppelgänger (Dan Darin Zanco), and Gecko (David Thompson), who has fallen into a life of seedy disrepute, exploiting his regenerative abilities to earn a dubious living. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of disrepute

1637, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2021

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“Disrepute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrepute. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disrepute

formal : a state of not being respected or trusted by most people : a state of having a bad reputation


dis·​re·​pute | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈpyüt \

Kids Definition of disrepute

: a state of not being respected or trusted by most people A cheating scandal brought the school into disrepute.


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