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

Corporate leaders did not want to return to the disrepute of the 1930s. Robert Samuelson, Twin Cities, "Robert Samuelson: ‘Corporate responsibility’ and the lessons of history," 25 Aug. 2019 And that will be the same time when actual video evidence falls into disrepute. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: High anxiety: 9 things that are keeping me up at night," 5 July 2019 Blackhorse and four other Native American plaintiffs wanted the trademarks of the team canceled under a provision in the Lanham Act which prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute. azcentral, "Another Supreme Court ruling backs Washington NFL team keeping their brand," 26 June 2019 But the shoddy implementation will continue to call more results into question and disrepute until things are more streamlined, efficient and, most importantly, corrected. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 13: The Players Have Had Enough of VAR," 28 May 2018 But the Streamline fell into disrepair and disrepute, becoming the ministry headquarters of crooked evangelist LeRoy Jenkins, then a hostel and finally a seedy hook-up joint before being abandoned. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Volusia County: A streamlined history of the 'The Birthplace of NASCAR'," 6 May 2018 Nikias and others concealing the truth have brought shame and disrepute to USC.They all need to be accountable. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "USC president agrees to step down amid university gynecologist sex scandal," 26 May 2018 Or should he be held in disrepute as another perpetrator of domestic violence? Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The U.S. and Australia Had Mass Shootings One Week Apart. There Was a Crucial Difference in How They Responded," 23 May 2018 Those and other embarrassments brought the field into disrepute in the West. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disrepute

1637, in the meaning defined above

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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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