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Definition the state of one's reputation — can be high/good or low/bad

A less common, meaning of repute is "good reputation."  It is in that context that disrepute (bad reputation) makes sense.
  • Neighbors complained that it was a house of ill repute.
repute = the state of one's reputation
  • a man of good repute
  • "Weasley has brought the Ministry into disrepute," Mr. Malfoy told our reporter.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • disrepute = bad reputation
  • all of excellent repute
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • repute = reputation
  • Sir Mulberry Hawk lived abroad for some years, courted and caressed, and in high repute as a fine dashing fellow.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Five were bankers of great repute, three were nationally known newspapermen, and eleven were industrialists of great repute and wealth.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Sometimes, at hotels of ill-repute, he would register, with dark buried glee, as "Robert Browning," "Alfred Tennyson," and "William Wordsworth."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Every hotel depends upon the repute of its patrons.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • That kind of disrepute we would not care for.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 'Well, Yossarian,' he began with an apologetic stammer, 'it would not help the war effort to bring Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn into disrepute now.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At such times, perhaps, coincidentally, the leaves might fall, somewhere, by repute.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • O, sir, I do; and will repute you ever The patron of my life and liberty.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • The island fortress of House Targaryen had a sinister repute.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • There are houses of ill repute in Kingston, as everywhere, but he cannot avail himself of them as he might in London or Paris.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "Then this man Duane enjoys rather an unusual repute west of the Pecos?" inquired Duane.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Littlefinger had once quipped that Ser Bonifer must have gelded the riders too, so spotless was their repute.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Mr Merdle's is a name of—ha—world-wide repute.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • A horse-wrangler named Hurley, a man of bad repute, as much outlaw as anything, took up the bantering.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He said he wanted to 'dismiss all this meaningless nonsense which long has dominated metaphysical thought and brought it into disrepute.'
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Helen knew her uncle had the repute of dealing hard with his men, but here she was reassured and pleased at the twinkle in his eye.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest

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