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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

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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.

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The theory has been in disrepute for years. a once proud name fallen into disrepute
Recent Examples on the Web Yet despite the disrepute of his recent past, Howard, 38, is in the midst of repositioning himself as a Hollywood player, developing multiple projects in the white-hot true-crime arena. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dylan Howard’s Hollywood Reboot: Why Are So Many A-Listers Working With a Tabloid Henchman?," 3 Feb. 2020 These clauses enable a company to exit or suspend a contract when the athlete brings disrepute on either himself/herself or the company. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Legal Impact of the Newest Accusations Against Antonio Brown," 16 Sep. 2019 In Ghana, disrepute, ridicule or contempt of office suffice. The Economist, "How impeachment works outside America," 16 Dec. 2019 The Sri Lankan government has insisted that evidence collected by its investigators did not support the sequence of events provided by the embassy, and that the allegations could have been made to bring the government into disrepute. BostonGlobe.com, "COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Swiss foreign ministry has criticized a lack of due process in the detention of a Swiss Embassy employee in Sri Lanka who said she was abducted, sexually assaulted, and threatened by captors who demanded that she disclose embassy-related information.," 18 Dec. 2019 Russia’s Olympic weightlifting team is barred entirely for bringing its sport into disrepute and the track team consists of only one athlete, Darya Klishina, who gets a waiver to compete because she has been based abroad. Washington Post, "Timeline of Russia’s doping cases and cover-ups," 9 Dec. 2019 New York’s slowness in ridding itself of slavery has cast the New-York Manumission Society into retrospective disrepute. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019 Instagram likewise bestows fame (and filters and fans) on the beautiful and can banish them to infamy and disrepute. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Elusive Price—and Prize—of Fame on the Internet," 20 Aug. 2019 Cayo Coco resurrects the glory of mid-20th century drinks like Mai Tais, and frozen cocktails like daiquiris that have been cheapened into disrepute over the decades by overly sweet, premixed mutations. Eric Velasco, al, "Downtown restaurant and rum bar transports guests to Old Havana," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disrepute

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Disrepute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrepute. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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