American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The general estimation in which a person is held by the public.
- n. The state or situation of being held in high esteem.
- n. A specific characteristic or trait ascribed to a person or thing: a reputation for courtesy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Account; estimation; consideration; especially, the estimate attached to a person by the community; character by report; opinion of character generally entertained; character attributed to a person, action, or thing; repute, in a good or bad sense. See character.
- n. Favorable regard; the credit, honor, or character which is derived from a favorable public opinion or esteem; good name; fame.
- n. Synonyms Esteem, estimation, name, fame, renown, distinction.
- n. What somebody is known for.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The estimation in which one is held; character in public opinion; the character attributed to a person, thing, or action; repute.
- n. (Law) The character imputed to a person in the community in which he lives. It is admissible in evidence when he puts his character in issue, or when such reputation is otherwise part of the issue of a case.
- n. Specifically: Good reputation; favorable regard; public esteem; general credit; good name.
- n. obsolete Account; value.
- n. notoriety for some particular characteristic
- n. the general estimation that the public has for a person
- n. the state of being held in high esteem and honor
- Middle English reputacioun, from Latin reputātiō, reputātiōn-, a reckoning, from reputātus, past participle of reputāre, to reckon, think over; see repute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The idea of a “good name,” as in reputation, is not attached to the name itself but to the person who bears the name.”
“It's got a reputation is being a genre for meatheads, but a lot of bands are unabashed geeks.”
“Former secret agent David Shayler says that the collapse of his reputation is an inside job and that footage of him claiming to be the Messiah and the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci and King Arthur is MI5 propaganda.”
“Apparently for you and your readers (I assume you have readers) the trashing of my reputation is a form of sport, a diversion, a chuckle.”
“We have long been aware that our reputation is affected by our day-to-day dealings and negotiations with all of our constituents, be they audiences, advertisers, the regulator, cable and satellite affiliates, producers and distributors of programming, as well as employees.”
“It pays, literally and figuratively, to quit in the right way, because your reputation is at stake, if nothing else," says Priscilla Claman, president of Career Strategies, a Boston consulting firm.”
“You've also written about his toupee and you've written about what you call his reputation for goatish pursuit of young women was an open secret.”
“To the laymen, his reputation is already established as a distinguished author and lecturer on the history of medicine.”
“The wisdom of the crowd matters, according to this new model, whether what’s being evaluated is a cooking appliance, a video on YouTube, or a definition of the term reputation economy.”
“Seems like the blot on your reputation is something you did to yourself, not something the statedid.”
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