reputation

noun
rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

Definition of reputation

1a : overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general
b : recognition by other people of some characteristic or ability has the reputation of being clever
2 : a place in public esteem or regard : good name trying to protect his reputation

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Other Words from reputation

reputational \ ˌre-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce reputational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for reputation

Synonyms

character, fame, mark, name, note, odor, rep [slang], report, repute

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Examples of reputation in a Sentence

He has earned a reputation as a first-class playwright. a teacher with a reputation for patience Poor customer service has ruined the company's reputation.
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Makeup The Balm Cosmetics has a reputation for its cheeky products and equally whimsical packaging; Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shady Lady Shadow, and Meet Matt(e) Palette are just a few of our personal favorites. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Balm Is Launching "Autobalm" Cheek and Eye Shadow Palettes That Look Just Like License Plates," 26 Mar. 2019 Kokoskov has built his reputation in the past five years by leading teams with aggressive defenses. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Suns summer-leaguers buying into Igor Kokoskov's coaching style, defense," 9 July 2018 Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is one of the sport’s leading scorers in international play — and is continuing to build his reputation as a World Cup force across this year’s games so far. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Uruguayan Soccer Player's Post-Goal Dance Has All the Right Moves," 25 June 2018 This is literally defamation: the intention of this person is to hurt james's reputation based on a lie. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Addresses Racist Fake Screenshots Leaked on Twitter," 15 Mar. 2019 These attempts to damage Tripp's reputation extended, Gouthro says, to calling in a fake report that Tripp was going to attack Gigafactory 1 in a planned mass shooting. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Claims Tesla Engaged in Lies, Threats to Stop Leaks," 13 Mar. 2019 Before Victoria's ascent to the throne, her family house, the Hanoverians, were not popular with the masses; generations of out of control spending and debauchery had earned the royal family a less than glowing reputation. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Did Queen Victoria's Husband Prince Albert Die?," 4 Mar. 2019 The gathering comes as many Catholic bishops and authorities around the world still try to protect the church’s reputation at all costs, denying that priests rape children and discrediting victims even as new abuse cases keep coming to light. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 Creating a strong and respected reputation is not an easy thing. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "Monsta X on Proving Themselves in the United States and Meeting Some of Pop's Biggest Names," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of reputation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reputation

Middle English reputacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin reputation-, reputatio consideration, from reputare

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The first known use of reputation was in the 14th century

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reputation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reputation

: the common opinion that people have about someone or something : the way in which people think of someone or something

reputation

noun
rep·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-pyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce reputation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reputation

1 : overall quality or character as judged by people in general The car has a good reputation.
2 : notice by other people of some quality or ability … the house had a reputation for being haunted.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

reputation

noun
rep·​u·​ta·​tion

Legal Definition of reputation

: overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general within a community — see also character evidence at evidence, reputation testimony at testimony

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