[syn: reputation, report]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reputation \Rep`u*ta"tion\ (-t?"sh?n), n. [F. r['e]putation, L.
reputatio a reckoning, consideration. See Repute, v. t.]
1. The estimation in which one is held; character in public
opinion; the character attributed to a person, thing, or
The best evidence of reputation is a man's whole
2. (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.
3. Specifically: Good reputation; favorable regard; public
esteem; general credit; good name.
I see my reputation is at stake. --Shak.
The security of his reputation or good name.
4. Account; value. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
[/Christ] made himself of no reputation. --Phil. ii.
Syn: Credit; repute; regard; estimation; esteem; honor; fame.
See the Note under Character.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of being held in high esteem and honor [syn:
repute, reputation] [ant: discredit, disrepute]
2: notoriety for some particular characteristic; "his reputation
3: the general estimation that the public has for a person; "he
acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing";
"he was a person of bad report" [syn: reputation, report]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "reputation":
acclaim, authority, celebrity, character, credit, dignity,
distinction, eclat, eminence, esteem, fame, famousness, figure,
glory, greatness, honor, influence, kudos, memorability, name,
notability, noteworthiness, notoriety, notoriousness, popularity,
position, prestige, prominence, publicity, reclame, recognition,
remarkableness, renown, rep, report, repute, salience, standing,
stature, status, the bubble reputation, vogue, weight
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
REPUTATION, evidence. The opinion generally entertained by persons who know
another, as to his character, (q.v.) or it is the opinion generally
entertained by person; who know a family as to its pedigree, and the like.
2. In general, reputation is evidence to prove, 1st. A man's character
in society. 2d. A pedigree. (q.v.) 3d. Certain prescriptive or customary
rights and obligations and matters of public notoriety. (q.v.) But as such
evidence is in its own nature very weak, it must be supported. 1st. When it
relates to the exercise of the right or privilege, by proof of acts of
enjoyment of such right or privilege, within the period of living memory; 1
Maule & Selw. 679; 5 T. R. 32; afterwards evidence of reputation may be
given. 2d. The fact must be of a public nature. 3d. It must be derived from
persons likely to know the facts. 4th. The facts must be general and, not
particular. 5th. They must be free from suspicion. 1 Stark. Ev. 54 to 65.
Vide 1 Har. & M'H. 152; 2 Nott & M'C. 114 5 Day, R. 290; 4 Hen. & M. 507; 1
Tayl. R. 121; 2 Hayw. 3; 8 S. & R. 159; 4 John. R. 52; 18 John. R. 346; 9
Mass. R. 414; 4 Burr. 2057; Dougl. 174; Cowp. 594; 3 Swanst. 400; Dudl. So.
Car. R. 346; and arts. Character; Memory.