demirep

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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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So they went on talking about dancers, fights, drinking, demireps, until Macmurdo came down and joined the boys and the conversation.
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.
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).
The adjectives thwart easy assumptions about their modified nouns: thieves, murderers, atheists, and demireps.