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Disrepute (German Unehrlichkeit) denotes a condition of diminished legal status and social stigmatization as applied to particular social groups, notably in the Holy Roman Empire. During the early modern period, it was expressed in limitations on civic rights and eligibility for office and especially guild membership, and in exclusion from positions of social intercourse, such as marriage or godparenthood. Unlike the individual stigma o…

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Schwerhoff, Gerd, “Disrepute”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029243>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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