If a person or organization is disreputable, they have an image problem. They are — or at least appear to be — crooked, shady, or just plain bad news.

See how the word reputation is partially hidden in disreputable? If a person is disreputable, they have a bad reputation for some reason. A student caught cheating will get a bad reputation with teachers and become disreputable. A politician caught in a scandal could become disreputable. If an airline crashes a plane, they will become disreputable. When someone or something is disreputable, people no longer trust them. Even if the reality is different, it's hard to shake off a disreputable image.

Definitions of disreputable

adj lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance

dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
tending to bring discredit or disrepute; blameworthy
damaged, discredited
being unjustly brought into disrepute
ill-famed, infamous, notorious
known widely and usually unfavorably
louche, shady
of questionable taste or morality
seamy, seedy, sleazy, sordid, squalid
morally degraded
unworthy of respect
having a good reputation
honorable, honourable
worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
esteemed, honored, prestigious
having an illustrious reputation; respected
estimable, good, honorable, respectable
deserving of esteem and respect
worthy of respect or honor
respected, well-thought-of
receiving deferential regard
time-honored, time-honoured
acceptable for a long time
characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
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