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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. What somebody is known for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The estimation in which one is held; character in public opinion; the character attributed to a person, thing, or action; repute.
  • n. 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. Account; value.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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