re·​put·​ed | \ ri-ˈpyü-təd How to pronounce reputed (audio) \

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 Ten reputed members of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang have been charged in U.S. District Court with running open-air drug markets that distributed cocaine and fentanyl-laced heroin on Chicago’s West Side. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 In its earliest sales, the doc feature has closed the two biggest markets in Europe with reputed distributors, licensing France to Epicentre and Germany and Austria to Weltkino. John Hopewell, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 Flyers from a reputed white supremacist organization were strewn on several streets in West Hartford Monday, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Fox News previously reported in May that one of the men accused of killing the reputed mobster has been held in solitary confinement ever since. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 27 Oct. 2021 The ancient Greek culture during the time of Homer, the reputed author of the Iliad and Odyssey, valued hospitality to new guests. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 24 Nov. 2021 Accardo died at age 86 in 1992 after a lifelong career as the reputed leader of the Chicago Outfit, which historically has been Chicago’s organized crime syndicate. Bob Goldsborough,, 2 Dec. 2021 Hagger said fears and concerns about the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine for young children and a reputed link to autism — which was substantially debunked — created negative publicity around vaccines, and the attitudes are still pervasive. al, 26 Sep. 2021 In the 1980s and ’90s Sister Ping ran a human trafficking racket between China, Hong Kong and New York that netted her a reputed $40 million fortune. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Reputed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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