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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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