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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

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Separately, lawmakers in the U.S. have placed ZTE and even larger Chinese telecom companies in the cross hairs over their reputed ties to the Chinese intelligence and military establishment. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "President Trump pledges to help ZTE, Chinese maker of budget-friendly phones, after ban," 13 May 2018 Laure was also a morphine addict and reputed to have had an affair with the writer Guy de Maupassant, a frequent salon attendee who suffered from syphilis and eventually went mad. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018 In 2000, federal prosecutors charged Stephens criminally with violating securities laws for his involvement with union pension fund investments linked to reputed mafia figures. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Another reputed member of the leadership was sentenced last Friday to more than seven years in prison for ordering the murder of Darrick Cooper in September 2011. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Sentencings Continue For Violent New Haven Gang Who Traded Drugs For Guns In Maine," 12 June 2018 With the 1989 death of reputed mob boss Joseph Ferriola, DiFronzo was identified by Tribune reporters to have emerged as the operating boss of the Chicago Outfit. Bob Goldsborough,, "Reputed Chicago Outfit boss John DiFronzo dies at 89," 30 May 2018 Separately, lawmakers in the U.S. have placed ZTE and and even larger Chinese telecom companies in the crosshairs over their reputed ties to the Chinese intelligence and military establishment. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "ZTE phones, budget-priced Androids favored by seniors, are going away," 10 May 2018 College freshman Malcolm Stuckey was at a birthday party in the Englewood neighborhood on a warm May night four years ago when two reputed gang members pulled a vehicle into an adjacent alley and got out with guns drawn. Jason Meisner,, "Man given 5 1/2 years in prison for selling guns used in gang shootings, homicide," 2 May 2018 In 2015, 12 reputed gang members were arrested in connection with the Londons’ deaths. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "'Godfather' ran Bloods' gang from prison, Feds say. Now he's on trial in Charlotte. | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reputed

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

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