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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 Despite rumors to the contrary, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t believe the iPhone 13 will ship with Touch ID. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Top Apple insider sheds light on upcoming iPhone 13 features," 1 Mar. 2021 Whether the company—and Berns’s reputed fortune—can sustain itself long enough to see the project through is uncertain. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Nevada’s Sales Pitch to Silicon Valley: You Can Create Your Own Government Here," 16 Feb. 2021 Bail was denied Sunday for a 21-year-old reputed gang member who prosecutors said was captured on surveillance video shooting a 15-year-old Amundsen High School student dead during what was supposed to be a drug deal. William Lee,, "Evanston man charged with killing boy, 15, during weed deal on NW Side," 13 Dec. 2020 In that incident, a 17-year-old reputed gang member was shot in the leg, the New York Post reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "NYPD offers $10G reward in Sweet 16 party shooting that killed woman, 20," 28 Nov. 2020 The reputed leader of the gang, Dante Bailey, was sentenced to life in prison on racketeering charges after a jury found the group trafficked drugs and participated in murders. Justin Fenton,, "A tainted Baltimore cop helped bring down a violent drug gang. Now Piru Bloods members want a new trial.," 6 Nov. 2020 Details remain sealed, but a filing Wednesday morning showed a new racketeering case has been filed against the reputed leader of Baltimore’s Eight Tray Gangster Crips group and eight others. Justin Fenton,, "Federal authorities, Baltimore Police to announce racketeering indictment of alleged Crips gang members," 7 Oct. 2020 Another defendant, Kenneth Brown, 59, is accused in court documents of conspiring with reputed gang member Terrence Morris, 48, to distribute heroin in March 2019, according to Lausch's statement. Brad Parks, Omar Jimenez And Kay Jones, CNN, "Reputed head of Black Disciples gang in Chicago among 23 accused of drug and gun trafficking," 29 July 2020 Frank dropped out of Steinmetz College Prep in the ninth grade and began committing crimes with his friend Anthony Spilotro, who would grow up to become a prominent reputed mobster and Chicago representative in Las Vegas. Julia Carmel, New York Times, "Frank Cullotta, Mobster Turned Memoirist and YouTuber, Dies at 81," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of reputed

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reputed was circa 1532

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“Reputed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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