demirep

dem·i·rep

 (dĕm′ē-rĕp′)
n.
A person of doubtful reputation or respectability.

demirep

(ˈdɛmɪˌrɛp)
n
rare a woman of bad repute, esp a prostitute
[C18: from demi- + rep(utation)]
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The furnished room received its latest guest with a first glow of pseudo-hospitality, a hectic, haggard, perfunctory welcome like the specious smile of a demirep.
So they went on talking about dancers, fights, drinking, demireps, until Macmurdo came down and joined the boys and the conversation.
The honest thief, the tender murderer, The superstitious atheist, demirep That loves and saves her soul in new French books-- We watch while these in equilibrium keep The giddy line midway: one step aside, They're classed and done with.
In March 1812, journalist Leigh Hunt was severely punished for calling the Regent "a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without one single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity" (The Examiner 22 March 1812).