Definition of disreputable in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrɛpjʊtəb(ə)l/


Not considered to be respectable in character or appearance: he was heavy, grubby, and vaguely disreputable
More example sentences
  • If she went in the back, she might come across some of the more disreputable characters that would turn her act into a reality.
  • Lane, a somewhat disreputable character, did not turn up to defend himself, and was excommunicated.
  • All of these things must surely point to him being one of the most thoroughly disreputable fellows ever to appear on the British stage, before he even opened his mouth.
scandalous, of bad reputation, infamous, notorious, louche;
dishonourable, dishonest, villainous, rascally, ignominious, corrupt, unscrupulous, unprincipled, immoral, untrustworthy, discreditable;
contemptible, reprehensible, despicable, disgraceful, shameful, shocking, outrageous;
unworthy, base, low, mean;
questionable, suspect, suspicious, dubious, unsavoury, slippery;
informal crooked, shady, shifty, fishy
British informal dodgy
scruffy, shabby, slovenly, down at heel, seedy, untidy, unkempt, dishevelled, disordered, bedraggled, dilapidated, threadbare, tattered, sloppy



Example sentences
  • Never say or do anything to bring the rulings and decisions of the Court into disreputableness.
  • Now, if the theatre had produced this indecency, vice, or disreputableness, or encouraged it, we should condemn it.


Pronunciation: /dɪsˈrɛpjʊtəbli/
Example sentences
  • And Keith Burgess-Jackson thinks Sullivan argues disreputably.
  • These are both wise and heartening words, at a time when Kant is being disreputably pressed into the service of all kinds of non-Kantian commitments.
  • In an earlier episode, there was a ‘gay kiss’ - disreputably advertised as a rating-boosting sensation.

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