disrepute

noun dis·re·pute \ ˌdis-ri-ˈpyüt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of disrepute

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

Examples of disrepute in a Sentence

  1. The theory has been in disrepute for years.

  2. a once proud name fallen into disrepute

Recent Examples of disrepute from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of disrepute

1637

Synonym Discussion of disrepute

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


DISREPUTE Defined for English Language Learners

disrepute

noun

Definition of disrepute for English Language Learners

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


DISREPUTE Defined for Kids

disrepute

noun dis·re·pute \ ˌdis-ri-ˈpyüt \

Definition of disrepute for Students

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


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