• WordNet 3.6
    • n disrepute the state of being held in low esteem "your actions will bring discredit to your name","because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disrepute Loss or want of reputation; ill character; disesteem; discredit. "At the beginning of the eighteenth century astrology fell into general disrepute ."
    • v. t Disrepute To bring into disreputation; to hold in dishonor. "More inclined to love them than to disrepute them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disrepute Loss or want of reputation; disesteem; discredit; dishonor.
    • n disrepute Synonyms III repute, low esteem, disrespect.
    • disrepute To bring into discredit or disgrace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disrepute dis-re-pūt′ ill-character: discredit—also Disreputā′tion
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In literature:

I know him, and can remember when he was errand-boy to a disreputable lawyer at Aberdeen.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
Novelists and scribblers brought the reign of Louis XV into disrepute.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
They frequent the gambling-tables, and live with the most disreputable French Viscounts.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There was nothing disreputable in doing a wealthy man a favour.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
It was a frowsy, disreputable crowd, evincing but mild curiosity at the arrival of a new prisoner.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
It was a narrow and dark lane, and seemed altogether of a suspicious and disreputable locality.
"Eugene Aram, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
One of the disreputable looking party waved a red cloth on the muzzle of his short-barreled carbine as they whisked past.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
She made disreputable friends whom he loathed the sight of.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It has saved you from having to appear in court as witnesses in so utterly disreputable an affair.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
He names Thomas Jefferson as one of the disreputable men who welcomed Paine with open arms.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll

In poetry:

"Oh, holy father," ALICE said, "'t would grieve you, would it not,
To discover that I was a most disreputable lot?
Of all unhappy sinners I'm the most unhappy one!"
The padre said, "Whatever have you been and gone and done?"
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

So devil may care, so deliciously disreputable, so louche.
The dashing Roman detective Aurelio Zen is stuck in the hot seat when an important aristocratic family's disreputable son falls to his death from a bridge over the Tiber River.
The Long and Disreputable History of Repressing the Black Vote.
Wade calls for investigation of ' disreputable ' campaign calls.
Grindhouse is the generic name for exploitation flicks and the disreputable theaters that showed them.
For nearly 25 years now, the idea that it might be possible to extract unlimited amounts of energy from the nucleus of a hydrogen atom at low temperatures has been pretty much in disrepute.
As a disreputable pastime, mahjong doesn't draw as much attention as racing sports or pachinko probably because as a game it's relatively low key and whatever gambling goes on is between friends.
The US Navy SEAL operation that killed Osama bin Laden last May threw the Pakistan Army into international disrepute.
Skunk hour, in Robert Lowell's well-known poem, is a time of jaunty, disreputable defiance.
Military law says cheating on a spouse is not only disreputable, it's a crime.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark": Still Joyously Disreputable in IMAX.
Court of Judicial Discipline finds lewd cell phone photo a matter of 'disrepute'.
I've found some to be disreputable and others to be highly principled.
As I wrote earlier, there is a disreputable modern American Jewish tradition of attempting to use Jewish liturgy and especially the Passover seder as an excuse to promote non-Jewish political issues.
It is the artists themselves, obliged to become administrators, who are forced to regard the practice of art as a vanishing , and even a disreputable, luxury in a country whose energies and judgments have become exclusively social.

In science:

In spite of Chall’s warnings about injudicious application to writing tasks, readability measurement has naively come to be used as a prescriptive metric of good writing as a tool for writers, and has thus come into some disrepute among text researchers.
Recognizing Text Genres with Simple Metrics Using Discriminant Analysis
Chang [DC]: “ a topic now in disrepute due to its difficulty”.
Estimates of Lebesgue constants via Fourier transforms. Many dimensions
No one with whom I spoke in the department knew anything about this stuff that involved “superspace” and “superfields.” Worse yet, it seemed as though it was slightly disreputable to work on this fanciful topic especially when there was ‘real physics’ to be done.
Basic Canon in D=4, N=1 Superfield Theory: Five Primer Lectures