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  • Thursday, Ashley would bring in a reputable "professional."†   (source)
  • If he knew that Eleanor swore sometimes—she said "Dash it all" just like a boy—and maybe wasn't as reputable as Jane implied.†   (source)
  • They had reputable names they could borrow against in a pinch.†   (source)
  • Even more embarrassing, our decision was influenced not by The Complete Dog Book, the bible of dog breeds published by the American Kennel Club, or by any other reputable guide.†   (source)
  • The city had a reputable medical school and factories that made lightbulbs and matches.†   (source)
  • Davidson, he'd learned, was also the name of a reputable college located near Charlotte, North Carolina.†   (source)
  • She'd washed her face, and now looked more or less reputable, give or take the bruising under the corrective on her cheek.†   (source)
  • Each person was professionally and personally vouched for by a minimum of five reputable individuals or companies; all had long-standing communications with such people and firms in the Washington area; none had a false or questionable statement on record.†   (source)
  • I am unable to understand the attention you received in all the reputable academic magazines and how they could permit themselves to discuss your book seriously.†   (source)
  • I had aimed to learn of a suitable woman through old friends back in Japan, depending on a small network of comrades from the war for a reputable contact, but so few Japanese of good background and means wished to leave their country, especially in those boom days.†   (source)
  • Then I drove over to Lorant's Sporting Goods in Shreveport, Louisiana, a reputable old hunting store that had been in business for years.†   (source)
  • Now, I have a list of very reputable people who can represent these fine children in the sale of the property that has just now passed to them.†   (source)
  • "Biblical scholars don't stretch their imaginations—at least reputable ones don't," he said.†   (source)
  • He's being supersecretive—working through an agent, C. Morris Schrift, a very reputable, good man.†   (source)
  • She said she would destroy many reputable men in Salinas.†   (source)
  • Afghan men, especially those from reputable families, were fickle creatures.   (source)
    reputable = trusted and respected (having a good reputation)
  • You are… honorable people… from distinguished and reputable families and… proud lineage.   (source)
  • In 1933, the year Baba was born and the year Zahir Shah began his forty-year reign of Afghanistan, two brothers, young men from a wealthy and reputable family in Kabul, got behind the wheel of their father's Ford roadster.   (source)
  • these grave, reputable, and pious people   (source)
    reputable = of good reputation (trusted and respected)
  • In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men.   (source)
    reputable = respected (with good reputation)
  • Thus the Puritan elders in their black cloaks, starched bands, and steeple-crowned hats, smiled not unbenignantly at the clamour and rude deportment of these jolly seafaring men; and it excited neither surprise nor animadversion when so reputable a citizen as old Roger Chillingworth, the physician, was seen to enter the market-place in close and familiar talk with the commander of the questionable vessel.   (source)
  • More reputable sources claim I used a piece of bar-iron from a nearby table.†   (source)
  • I do wish he would get another, more reputable hobby.†   (source)
  • I also inquired if the magazine would be willing to book me with one of the more reputable guide services-and cover the $65,000 fee-thus giving me a shot at actually reaching the summit.†   (source)
  • They're a reputable manufacturer.†   (source)
  • Scudder: But I am a reputable doctor, I haven't lost my licence.†   (source)
  • He had found some way of accommodating himself; one, of course, that was outwardly reputable and noble, but still a compromise and no more.†   (source)
  • Brooklyn's oldest and most reputable college was advertising summer courses available for college students wishing to take advanced work or to make up or work off conditions, and for high school students wishing to gain advance college credits.†   (source)
  • He sought the guarantee of reputable men to barricade him from the other and later strangers who might come seeking him in turn, and Jefferson gave him that.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Sanborn was pleased to learn, shortly afterward, that no reputable contractor would undertake the erection of the house.†   (source)
  • They were men who had not been employed by a reputable newspaper for ten years; the kind who would not have been allowed, a month ago, into the lobby of his building.†   (source)
  • …That was not necessary since all he would need would be Ellen's and our father's names on a wedding license (or on any other patent of respectability) that people could look at and read just as he would have wanted our father's (or any other reputable man's) signature on a note of hand because our father knew who his father was in Tennessee and who his grandfather had been in Virginia and our neighbors and the people we lived among knew that we knew and we knew they knew we knew and we…†   (source)
  • We signed to advertise in a reputable newspaper, not in a sheet that has become a public disgrace, brings pickets to our doors, ruins our business and is not being read by anybody.†   (source)
  • He might resent it as an insult to his character as a reputable physician.†   (source)
  • Can you translate Charles Lomax's remarks into reputable English for us?†   (source)
  • "In Heaven's name," cried I, "can you find no reputable life on shore?"†   (source)
  • Was his scheme any worse than plenty of reputable drug-firms?†   (source)
  • Mrs Warren is not a whit a worse woman than the reputable daughter who cannot endure her.†   (source)
  • I dare say there is always some reputable tradesman's wife or other going up."†   (source)
  • As, indeed, how should any of those prim and reputable virgins?†   (source)
  • Every evening Francisco had an injection of cantharides and then the two went together to a reputable bordello—for a week or so it seemed to work but the result was nothing.†   (source)
  • His fine success as a salesman lay in his geniality and the thoroughly reputable standing of his house.†   (source)
  • From this point of view Hamlet was a developed Don Juan whom Shakespear palmed off as a reputable man just as he palmed poor Macbeth off as a murderer.†   (source)
  • But the name of that family, Davie, boy, is the name you bear—Balfours of Shaws: an ancient, honest, reputable house, peradventure in these latter days decayed.†   (source)
  • The Hunziker Company was an old and ethical house which dealt only with reputable doctors—or practically only with reputable doctors.†   (source)
  • The Nawab Bahadur bad financed the defence, and would ruin himself sooner than let an "innocent Moslem perish," and other interests, less reputable, were in the background too.†   (source)
  • You will find that there is a certain amount of tosh about The Times; but at least its language is reputable.†   (source)
  • …the Pilgrim's Progress without finding a word said against them; whereas the respectable people who snub them and put them in prison, such as Mr W.W. himself and his young friend Civility; Formalist and Hypocrisy; Wildhead, Inconsiderate, and Pragmatick (who were clearly young university men of good family and high feeding); that brisk lad Ignorance, Talkative, By-Ends of Fairspeech and his mother-in-law Lady Feigning, and other reputable gentlemen and citizens, catch it very severely.†   (source)
  • He struggled against an upsurging hilarity—that any reputable medical man should have lent himself to such an amateurish experiment!†   (source)
  • I felt the risk I ran of being circumvented, blinded, decoyed, bullied, perhaps, into taking a definite part in a dispute impossible of decision if one had to be fair to all the phantoms in possession—to the reputable that had its claims and to the disreputable that had its exigencies.†   (source)
  • For the life of me I could not muster up the courage to address any of these reputable burghers; I thought shame even to speak with them in such a pickle of rags and dirt; and if I had asked for the house of such a man as Mr. Rankeillor, I suppose they would have burst out laughing in my face.†   (source)
  • You know, for instance, beforehand with positive certainty that this man, this most reputable and exemplary citizen, will on no consideration give you money; and indeed I ask you why should he?†   (source)
  • When it had been settled between Isabel and her friend that they should be reunited at some reputable hour at Pratt's Hotel, Ralph remarked that the latter must have a cab.†   (source)
  • Some malicious persons it is true deny the identity of this reputable character with the Evangelist of old times, and even pretend to bring competent evidence of an imposture.†   (source)
  • So flagrant became the political scandals that reputable men began to leave politics alone, and politics consequently became disreputable.†   (source)
  • There would probably be an interval, he explained, in which he should content himself with the upper part of a house, over some respectable place of business — say in Piccadilly, — which would be a cheerful situation for Mrs. Micawber; and where, by throwing out a bow-window, or carrying up the roof another story, or making some little alteration of that sort, they might live, comfortably and reputably, for a few years.†   (source)
  • "I have long had a curiosity to visit that old mansion," remarked I. "It is not one of our stations, as you perceive," said my companion "The keeper was violently opposed to the railroad; and well he might be, as the track left his house of entertainment on one side, and thus was pretty certain to deprive him of all his reputable customers.†   (source)
  • CHAPTER XVIII HOW OLIVER PASSED HIS TIME IN THE IMPROVING SOCIETY OF HIS REPUTABLE FRIENDS About noon next day, when the Dodger and Master Bates had gone out to pursue their customary avocations, Mr. Fagin took the opportunity of reading Oliver a long lecture on the crying sin of ingratitude; of which he clearly demonstrated he had been guilty, to no ordinary extent, in wilfully absenting himself from the society of his anxious friends; and, still more, in endeavouring to escape from…†   (source)
  • "Here," says he, "is one place that entertains strangers, but it is not a reputable house; if thee wilt walk with me, I'll show thee a better."†   (source)
  • Without an estate, or any gainful employment, By constant labor and industry, with God's blessing, They maintained a large family comfortably, and brought up thirteen children and seven grandchildren reputably.†   (source)
  • …where, as I have been inform'd, the knowledge of accounts makes a part of female education, she not only sent me as clear a state as she could find of the transactions past, but continued to account with the greatest regularity and exactness every quarter afterwards, and managed the business with such success, that she not only brought up reputably a family of children, but, at the expiration of the term, was able to purchase of me the printing-house, and establish her son in it.†   (source)
  • My confidence in you has been seriously diminished since I heard about the disreputable activities in which you engaged on Thursday last.   (source)
    disreputable = not worthy of respect or trust
  • The disreputable circumstances surrounding Lee's pregnancy were enough to influence the pathologist who conducted the autopsy to conclude that the stillborn baby was born alive and was then suffocated by Lee.   (source)
    disreputable = not respectable
  • Yet a faint air of disreputability always clung to him.   (source)
    disreputability = the trait of not being trusted or respected
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in disreputability means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of reputability as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • His had always been a most respectable house—in a disreputable neighbourhood.   (source)
    disreputable = disrespected (not trusted and of bad reputation)
  • Much of his past was unearthed, indeed, and all disreputable: tales came out of the man's cruelty, at once so callous and violent; of his vile life, of his strange associates, of the hatred that seemed to have surrounded his career; but of his present whereabouts, not a whisper.   (source)
    disreputable = causing distrust and disrespect
  • There was Jem Rodney, a known poacher, and otherwise disreputable: he had often met Marner in his journeys across the fields, and had said something jestingly about the weaver's money; nay, he had once irritated Marner, by lingering at the fire when he called to light his pipe, instead of going about his business.   (source)
    disreputable = person who is not trusted or respected
  • The buccaneer on the wave might relinquish his calling and become at once if he chose, a man of probity and piety on land; nor, even in the full career of his reckless life, was he regarded as a personage with whom it was disreputable to traffic or casually associate.   (source)
    disreputable = not considered respectable
  • Rather, from the strange fact that the robber had left no traces, and had happened to know the nick of time, utterly incalculable by mortal agents, when Silas would go away from home without locking his door, the more probable conclusion seemed to be, that his disreputable intimacy in that quarter, if it ever existed, had been broken up, and that, in consequence, this ill turn had been done to Marner by somebody it was quite in vain to set the constable after.   (source)
    disreputable = disrespected
  • The pale stubble of his new whiskers made him look old, disreputable, and grumpy.†   (source)
  • I'll never know After some months my father began his disreputable rambles.†   (source)
  • "It's hard to believe someone as disreputable as the Lady Lillian won the heart of the prince."†   (source)
  • I fear she has led a most disreputable life.†   (source)
  • A bottle of whiskey and an old bowler hat nearly as disreputable as Lippy's sat on a small bureau.†   (source)
  • I thought she was a nice girl even though she came from a low-class disreputable family.†   (source)
  • First I'd followed Patch to a disreputable arcade late at night.†   (source)
  • "And you haven't had to drink your way through every disreputable wineshop in the city of Sounis.†   (source)
  • Tyler found himself back in the disreputable service tunnel.†   (source)
  • His hair is military short, making Raffe's hair look ragged and disreputable by comparison.†   (source)
  • Bjurman is looking more and more like a disreputable character.†   (source)
  • As usual I found them slightly disreputable: making jokes about things that were no joking matter.†   (source)
  • He proved as disreputable as the rest of you.†   (source)
  • On either side of the head dark hair hung down in a disreputable and wild fashion.†   (source)
  • I tied a disreputable straw hat atop the cap, one I could never wear in the street, and snatched a bite of dough from Eliza's bowl before I ran outside.†   (source)
  • They must have looked very disreputable in their dirty clothes, drenched with sweat, and torn by all the thornbushes.†   (source)
  • With no money and no time to settle, we moved to a different ramshackle rental cottage or boardinghouse every season until I was so pregnant with Rachel that our nomad state seemed disreputable.†   (source)
  • The booze floating, sludgelike, just beneath the surface of my skin made me look like a fleshy wastrel, just sensuous enough to be disreputable.†   (source)
  • Eventually the old man regains his strength and, seen only by the wife, flaps away, his ungainly flight recalling a rather disreputable vulture more than any angel.†   (source)
  • He wore an elderly and disreputable coat against the wet, and carried a riding cloak of heavy green velvet folded under one arm.†   (source)
  • Inept or disreputable companies have on more than one occasion failed to deliver crucial logistical support-oxygen, for instance-as promised.†   (source)
  • Several times too—drifting uneasily between dreaming and sleep— I sat up suddenly in bed at the sound of her voice speaking clearly in my head, remarks she might conceivably have made at some point but that I didn't actually remember, things like Throw me an apple, would you? and I wonder if this buttons up the front or the back? and This sofa is in a terrible state of disreputableness.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in disreputableness means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of reputableness as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • This was entirely untrue; shirtless, scarred and blood-smeared, with stubbled cheeks and reddened eyelids from the long night ride, he looked thoroughly disreputable.†   (source)
  • But although Dora says all these things, she has accepted to go back there, and ,to be the maid-of-all-work again, and indeed has already begun; and when Cook asked her why she would do it, considering they are such disreputable people, she gave a wink and said that money talks, and loudly too; and that the young doctor who boards there has paid out her back wages, and begged almost upon his bended knee to have her back, as no one else was to be found.†   (source)
  • It was not called a wake — wakes were held on the other side of the Jogues River, and were rowdy and disreputable, with liquor.†   (source)
  • Disreputable?†   (source)
  • Though he was dressed for the occasion, in a blue chalk-stripe suit (it had often struck me, the hordes of rich Russians in the Ralph Lauren shop on Madison), there was somehow no cleaning him up: his smudged eyes made him look stormy and disreputable, and though his hair wasn't technically dirty it gave the impression of dirtiness.†   (source)
  • Underneath he was wearing a simple white shirt and a pair of rather disreputable looking pants held up by a piece of frayed rope.†   (source)
  • Jamie, who had insisted on walking most of the way to spare the horse, was a disreputable sight indeed, hose stained to the knees with reddish dust, spare shirt torn by brambles and a week's growth of beard bristling fiercely from cheek and jaw.†   (source)
  • He had refused to comb his hair, on grounds that even his scalp was sore, and he looked a wild and woolly sight, red spikes sticking up above a swollen purple face with one eye squeezed disreputably shut.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in disreputably means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of reputably as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • These Houstonians, in turn, raise their eyebrows at the arrival of the remaining members of Satan's Shadow, who show up in an extremely disreputable-looking van and are greeted by Blaine with their signature Satanic cry, which involves tipping back the head and ululating (which causes Vicky to run inside, screaming, "Mo-o-o-om!" and Shari, as she helps me spread a tablecloth over the last of the twenty-five or so tables on the lawn, to shake her head and go, "God, am I glad I'm an only…†   (source)
  • To shield himself from his neighbor, a Turkish salesman of disreputable appearance, he pretended to read the morning papers.†   (source)
  • Barbara and I have discussed godfathers at length and we have come to the conclusion that, whether the baby is a girl or boy, we would consider it an honour if you would agree to accept this office as an adjunct to the more disreputable positions you have held in the past.†   (source)
  • It is because adults don't approve of smoking — because there is something dangerous and disreputable about it — that teenagers want to do it.†   (source)
  • "Some people say this is disreputable," I continued, "but if it is the only way to live, then it takes great courage."†   (source)
  • I can scarcely count on my two hands the number of women in this family who have suffered disastrous love affairs with men of disreputable character.†   (source)
  • He had not changed his clothes in some days and he looked delightfully disreputable, yet mannered and cool and light in the saddle.†   (source)
  • Their domestic life, which involved a hideous amount of drinking, made it difficult for her to get there on time and also caused her to look more and more disreputable.†   (source)
  • There was something inherently disreputable about Yossarian, always carrying on so disgracefully about that dead man in his tent who wasn't even there and then taking off all his clothes after the Avignon mission and going around without them right up to the day General Dreedle stepped up to pin a medal on him for his heroism over Ferrara and found him standing in formation stark naked.†   (source)
  • In Singapore I followed him outside a disreputable bar and saw him corner two murderous thugs in an alleyway — contrebandiers who had made a great deal of money with a narcotics sale in that filthy waterfront cave — and watched as he backed them against the wall, slashing both their throats with a single sweep of his knife and removing the proceeds from their pockets.†   (source)
  • Opium, arms, and carpets were the town's lifeblood, and the men he'd met since arriving seemed as shabby and disreputable as his cheap hotel.†   (source)
  • It was all right for a disreputable mediocrity like Simon Pritchett to drool it as some sort of woozy mysticism-nobody listened to him.†   (source)
  • Nately was profoundly upset by his seedy and disreputable appearance, and whenever he came to the apartment he wished that the corrupt, immoral old man would put on a clean Brooks Brothers shirt, shave, comb his hair, wear a tweed jacket, and grow a dapper white mustache so that Nately would not have to suffer such confusing shame each time he looked at him and was reminded of his father.†   (source)
  • And Wilhelmina, who was an addict and a thief and a generally disreputable person, might be trying to guide us to its location through Gemma's visions.†   (source)
  • It was a small, grimy place, disreputable with age, battered by years of a losing struggle; above its entrance gate, like a new flag on the mast of a derelict, hung the sign: d'Anconia Copper.†   (source)
  • Then there followed the days and nights of searching a continent by phone, by wire, by plane-of looking at abandoned mines and at mines ready to be abandoned-of tense, rushed conferences held at tables hi the unlighted corners of disreputable restaurants.†   (source)
  • He considered that for a moment, then said, "He was the only honest one of a very disreputable family.†   (source)
  • " He clung unhappily to his seat in the Senate until the expiration of his term, frequently referred to as "the traitor Ross," and complaining that his fellow Congressmen, as well as citizens on the street, considered association with him "disreputable and scandalous," and passed him by as if he were "a leper, with averted face and every indication of hatred and disgust."†   (source)
  • But that summer I saw the strangest combinations: large, respectable, churchly matrons standing on the stoops or the corners with their hair tied up, together with a girl in sleazy satin whose face bore the marks of gin and the razor, or heavy-set, abrupt, no-nonsenseolder men, in company with the most disreputable and fanatical "race" men, or these same "race" men with the sharpies, or these sharpies with the churchly women.†   (source)
  • This was the most disreputable part of Moscowslums, cheap bars frequented by cabmen,1 whole streets devoted to vice, dens of "fallen women."†   (source)
  • And, indeed, from their apparel the sinfulness of their lives was evident: Esther wore a blue hat, trimmed with many ribbons, and a heavy, wine-red dress; and her mother, massive, and darker than Esther, wore great gold earrings in her pierced ears and had that air, vaguely disreputable, and hurriedly dressed, of women he had known in sporting-houses.†   (source)
  • Aldo had pulled a disreputable raincoat over his thick, new brown suit; even now he wore no hat, and his hair was down in his eyes.†   (source)
  • Now the intense light like a tweezers picked out her clumsy, small figure in its old pair of men's overalls rolled up at the sleeves and trousers, separated it from the thick leaves, and made it look strange and yellow as she worked with a hoe-over-vigorous, disreputable, and heedless.†   (source)
  • She replaced the disreputable furniture of the house by new shiny Grand Rapids chairs and tables.†   (source)
  • He was a disreputable old bird, with half his wing feathers missing.†   (source)
  • If he weren't so disreputable I should make him my secretary.†   (source)
  • People called Maude lived there; impecunious, shifty, disreputable people; who could not pay their bills; and thus kept their gate locked and the big dog behind it to frighten duns.†   (source)
  • He looked disreputable in his grey three-days' beard, and weak: somebody you could command to do anything.†   (source)
  • His shoes are even more disreputable, wrecks of imitation leather, one laced with twine, the other with a bit of wire.†   (source)
  • It was on reputedly disreputable Beale Street in Memphis that I had met the warmest, friendliest person I had ever known, that I discovered that all human beings were not mean and driving, were not bigots like the members of my family.†   (source)
  • A disreputable army, who used to live by the sword as a trained band, might be begging its bread from door to door—a good fate for all armies—and a man who had taken sanctuary in that church away to the east there, might have had his leg cut off because he had taken half a step outside the door.†   (source)
  • It sounds very disreputable.†   (source)
  • For it was agreed that it wasn't the poor Maude girls' fault—the handsome dark girls who lived behind the locked gate, scaring duns, were to be pitied for their disreputable parents' discreditable imprisoned lives.†   (source)
  • Anthony led me from the gallery and down a side street to a door between a disreputable newsagent and a disreputable chemist, painted with the words 'Blue Grotto Club.†   (source)
  • Its voice was not the trumpeting of the disreputable goddess we all know—not blatant—not brazen.†   (source)
  • His clothes were old and rather disreputable, and he walked with considerable pride.†   (source)
  • The man would soon show himself disreputable enough to make people disbelieve him.†   (source)
  • He may have been disreputable and wicked, as you say.†   (source)
  • But the people in manufacturing towns are always disreputable.†   (source)
  • Are we going to tell him still that politics is a disreputable and useless form of human activity?†   (source)
  • I shall be fortunate if gossip does not make me the most disreputable person in the whole affair.†   (source)
  • Be a man, Jos: break off this disreputable connection.†   (source)
  • I fancy that fat and disreputable raven must have had his six golden front teeth knocked down his throat by Edward one morning whilst I had gone out to buy some flowers in the Rue de la Paix, leaving Florence and the flat in charge of those two.†   (source)
  • You should choose, once for all, between disreputable women, and respectable ones, or you are sure to get mixed.†   (source)
  • First of all there was her disreputable father and then her mother's boarding house was beginning to get a certain fame.†   (source)
  • So I have been drinking, and blaspheming, or next door to it, and saying holy things in disreputable quarters—repeating in idle bravado words which ought never to be uttered but reverently!†   (source)
  • Life was only the next step along the reckless path of spirit turned disreputable, matter blushing in reflex, both sensitive and receptive to whatever had awakened it.†   (source)
  • Old man Jones was great on missions and such things, and so whenever they were doing some particularly disreputable job, the men would wink at each other and say, "Now we're working for the church!"†   (source)
  • She said to Hugh, "We're two fat disreputable old minstrels roaming round the world," and he echoed her, "Roamin' round—roamin' round."†   (source)
  • It was his duty to report suspicious characters and conceivably it was some disreputable hakirn who had prowled up from the bazaar.†   (source)
  • His doublet and trunks were of rich material, but faded and threadbare, and their gold-lace adornments were sadly tarnished; his ruff was rumpled and damaged; the plume in his slouched hat was broken and had a bedraggled and disreputable look; at his side he wore a long rapier in a rusty iron sheath; his swaggering carriage marked him at once as a ruffler of the camp.†   (source)
  • He should not forget, they said, that his father and mother were gentlefolk, and painting wasn't a serious profession; it was Bohemian, disreputable, immoral.†   (source)
  • So White Fang hung around the landing with the disreputable gang of Indian dogs, waiting for steamers.†   (source)
  • It was close upon four before the door opened, and a drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Mooney had first sent her daughter to be a typist in a corn-factor's office but, as a disreputable sheriff's man used to come every other day to the office, asking to be allowed to say a word to his daughter, she had taken her daughter home again and set her to do housework.†   (source)
  • What a disreputable woman she must be!†   (source)
  • He trembled as he read and was profoundly stirred by the rigid, but impressive antitheses so evident from the pages of these documents: impeccable deportment on the one side and rascally, disreputable laxness on the other.†   (source)
  • Especially did they enjoy the havoc worked amongst the newcomers' dogs by White Fang and his disreputable gang.†   (source)
  • However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly respectable self.†   (source)
  • …addition to the above, it was currently reported that the young prince really loved the lady to whom he was engaged, and had thrown her over out of purely Nihilistic motives, with the intention of giving himself the satisfaction of marrying a fallen woman in the face of all the world, thereby publishing his opinion that there is no distinction between virtuous and disreputable women, but that all women are alike, free; and a "fallen" woman, indeed, somewhat superior to a virtuous one.†   (source)
  • Yes, we might note that there was much to discuss and share: about matter as a disreputable degeneration of the immaterial, about life as an impudency of matter, about illness as life's lascivious form.†   (source)
  • The funniest part was, that in the midst of all these considerations of the higher order I was conscious of a certain trepidation as to the possibility—nay, likelihood—of this encounter ending in some disreputable brawl which could not possibly be explained, and would make me ridiculous.†   (source)
  • Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places.†   (source)
  • The old disreputable Tunku Allang could not help showing his fear (he was no hero, for all the tales of his hot youth he was fond of telling); and at the same time there was a wistful confidence in his manner towards his late prisoner.†   (source)
  • …the worst thing he could have done; and indeed he told himself as much after he had taken a few sips, which produced an immediate effect, much the same effect as that caused by Kulmbach beer his first evening up here, when with a lot of loose, disreputable talk about fish sauces and the like he had offended Settembrini—Herr Lodovico, the pedagogue, who could keep madmen from letting themselves go, return them to reason with just a glance, and whose melodious little horn Hans Castorp…†   (source)
  • I felt the risk I ran of being circumvented, blinded, decoyed, bullied, perhaps, into taking a definite part in a dispute impossible of decision if one had to be fair to all the phantoms in possession—to the reputable that had its claims and to the disreputable that had its exigencies.†   (source)
  • But death, you see, is on the one hand something so disreputable, so impudent that it makes us blush with shame; and on the other it is a most solemn and majestic force— something much more lofty than a life spent laughing, earning money, and stuffing one's belly—much more venerable than progress chattering away the ages—because it is history and nobility and piety, the eternal and the sacred, something that makes you remove your hat and walk on tiptoe.†   (source)
  • 'I consider, sir, that you have obtained possession of that book, under very suspicious and disreputable circumstances; and you may think yourself very fortunate that the owner of the property declines to prosecute.†   (source)
  • As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling; and as this business of whaling has somehow come to be regarded among landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I am all anxiety to convince ye, ye landsmen, of the injustice hereby done to us hunters of whales.†   (source)
  • For similar reasons I made no allusion to the skirmishing plates upon the floor; or to the disreputable appearance of the castors, which were all at sixes and sevens, and looked drunk; or to the further blockade of Traddles by wandering vegetable dishes and jugs.†   (source)
  • Something especially reckless in his demeanour, not only gave him a disreputable look, but so diminished the strong resemblance he undoubtedly bore to the prisoner (which his momentary earnestness, when they were compared together, had strengthened), that many of the lookers-on, taking note of him now, said to one another they would hardly have thought the two were so alike.†   (source)
  • The physician with his theory, rather obtained from than corrected by experiments on the human constitution; the pious, selfdenying, laborious, and ill-paid missionary; the half-educated, litigious, envious, and disreputable lawyer, with his counterpoise, a brother of the profession, of better origin and of better character; the shiftless, bargaining, discontented seller of his "betterments;" the plausible carpenter, and most of the others, are more familiar to all who have ever dwelt…†   (source)
  • "This is delirium, gentlemen, raving delirium," cried the captain of police; "look at him: drunk, at this time of night, in the company of a disreputable woman, with the blood of his father on his hands….†   (source)
  • Wilson had thought of the girl in Tom's bedroom, and was going to say, "If you will throw the surreptitious and disreputable part of your business my way, it may amount to something," but thought better of it and said, "However, this matter doesn't fit well in a general conversation."†   (source)
  • 'Then in God's name take blue for red,' said Mahbub, alluding to the Hindu colour of Kim's disreputable turban.†   (source)
  • Levin was not a disreputable chum, but Oblonsky, with his ready tact, felt that Levin fancied he might not care to show his intimacy with him before his subordinates, and so he made haste to take him off into his room.†   (source)
  • Most think that they are above being supported by the town; but it oftener happens that they are not above supporting themselves by dishonest means, which should be more disreputable.†   (source)
  • So flagrant became the political scandals that reputable men began to leave politics alone, and politics consequently became disreputable.†   (source)
  • When the first hour was out, Stephen even began to have an uncomfortable sensation upon him of being for the time a disreputable character.†   (source)
  • I soon saw that this hard work was developing in the boys remarkable strength, and this I encouraged by making them practise running, leaping, climbing, and swimming; I also saw, however, that it was having a less satisfactory effect upon their clothes, which, though a short time before remarkably neat, were now, in spite of mending and patching, most untidy and disreputable.†   (source)
  • The worst of it was his good nature made him trust all sorts of disreputable people, and he drank with fellows who were not worth the sole of his shoe.†   (source)
  • His disreputable friend could further twitch his ears, almost like a goat, and Kim was disappointed that this new man could not imitate him.†   (source)
  • It was only on the supposition that no good nurse would have entered so irregular a household as Anna's that Darya Alexandrovna could explain to herself how Anna with her insight into people could take such an unprepossessing, disreputable-looking woman as nurse to her child.†   (source)
  • He was the familiar friend of everyone with whom he took a glass of champagne, and he took a glass of champagne with everyone, and when in consequence he met any of his disreputable chums, as he used in joke to call many of his friends, in the presence of his subordinates, he well knew how, with his characteristic tact, to diminish the disagreeable impression made on them.†   (source)
  • Garth may wonder, as he must have done before, at this disreputable fellow's claiming intimacy with me; but he will know nothing.†   (source)
  • Like a wise man he had set to work to rebuild the injured popularity of his house and stop up the gaps and ruins in which his name had been left by his disreputable and thriftless old predecessor.†   (source)
  • His politeness for the fair sex has already been hinted at by Miss Rebecca Sharp—in a word, the whole baronetage, peerage, commonage of England, did not contain a more cunning, mean, selfish, foolish, disreputable old man.†   (source)
  • Though her appearance is disagreeable, we cannot control the operations of nature: and though her parents were disreputable (her father being a painter, several times bankrupt, and her mother, as I have since learned, with horror, a dancer at the Opera); yet her talents are considerable, and I cannot regret that I received her OUT OF CHARITY.†   (source)
  • They are, in short, peasants, plain homely people, without any taint of disreputable blood, and, as the saying is, old rusty Christians, but so rich that by their wealth and free-handed way of life they are coming by degrees to be considered gentlefolk by birth, and even by position; though the wealth and nobility they thought most of was having me for their daughter; and as they have no other child to make their heir, and are affectionate parents, I was one of the most indulged…†   (source)
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