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Definition of reputed

1 : having a good repute : reputable
2 : being such according to reputation or general belief a reputed mobster

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Reputed is used constantly today by reporters, and almost always to describe suspected criminals—"the reputed mobster", "the reputed drug kingpin", "the reputed gang leader", etc. But the word shouldn't be left to journalists; your elderly aunt may, for instance, be reputed to have made a large fortune in oil, or to have had four husbands who all died mysteriously. Reputed is easy to confuse with reputable, and they used to mean the same thing—that is, "having a good reputation"—but it's become rare to hear reputed used with that meaning today.

Examples of reputed in a Sentence

She was hired for her reputed talents as a manager. this treatment is a reputed cure for colon cancer, but studies haven't confirmed that claim
Recent Examples on the Web But in a country reputed to have more television sets than refrigerators, Mr. Fonseca sealed his fame as many of his works were adapted for film and TV. Michael Astor, New York Times, "Rubem Fonseca, Giant of Brazilian Literature, Dies at 94," 20 Apr. 2020 One night in May, a reputed marijuana dealer in York, Maine, slid into his hot tub with three other people. Travis Andersen,, "Two Mass. men allegedly tried to rob an accused Maine pot dealer in a hot tub," 6 Aug. 2019 Or the full-on ruse of a reputed wine dealer who made counterfeits in his home kitchen that passed as fancy lots. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "A man told wine fanciers he’d store their pricey bottles. Instead, he sold them and pocketed proceeds.," 3 Aug. 2019 The results suggest that Biden, despite his reputed appeal to blue-collar workers, has made little to no progress in winning back the white voters without a college degree who supported Barack Obama in 2012 but swung to Trump in 2016. Nate Cohn,, "Why Biden’s polling lead vs. Trump isn’t as solid as it looks," 13 Apr. 2020 The results suggest that Mr. Biden, despite his reputed appeal to blue-collar workers, has made little to no progress in winning back the white voters without a college degree who supported Barack Obama in 2012 but swung to Mr. Trump in 2016. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "Why Biden’s Polling Lead vs. Trump Isn’t as Solid as It Looks," 13 Apr. 2020 Her reputed charms did not include her vicious anti-Semitism. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Mortality and the Old Masters," 6 Apr. 2020 Wednesday is World Pistachio Day, a celebration of the pistachio's reputed health benefits. CBS News, "Calendar: Week of February 24," 23 Feb. 2020 At the same time, Parkway Bank made a seven-figure loan to another reputed mobster to finance his secret stake in the casino, according to Gaming Board records. David Heinzmann,, "Amid scandal, Illinois Gaming Board blocks video gambling owners from selling their companies without state approval," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of reputed

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reputed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reputed

: said to be true, to exist, to have a specified identity, etc.

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