Respectability vs Respectabilize - What's the difference?

respectability | respectabilize |


As a noun respectability

is the quality of being respectable.

As a verb respectabilize is

to make respectable, or to give a false appearance of respectability.

respectability

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • The quality of being respectable.
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  • *:Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability' out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of ' respectability :it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=June 19, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= England 1-0 Ukraine , passage=But once again Hodgson's men found a way to get the result they required and there is a real air of respectability about their campaign even though they had to survive a first-half siege from a Ukraine side desperate for the win they needed to progress.}}
  • The class of respectable people.
  • respectabilize

    English

    Verb

    (respectabiliz)
  • To make respectable, or to give a false appearance of respectability.