The definition of infamous describes a person who has done terrible things and is known for a bad reputation.
An example of an infamous person is Jesse James.
- having a very bad reputation; notorious; in disgrace or dishonor
- causing or deserving a bad reputation; scandalous; outrageous
- punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary: said of certain crimes, usually felonies
- guilty of such a crime
Origin of infamousMiddle English from Old French infameux from Medieval Latin infamosus from Classical Latin infamis: see in- and famous
- Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious: an infamous outlaw.
- Causing or deserving severe public condemnation; heinous: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury” ( US Constitution, Amendment 5 )
- Law Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries a severe punishment. No longer in technical use.
Origin of infamousMiddle English infamis from Latin īnfāmis in- not ; see in- 1. fāma renown, fame ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more infamous, superlative most infamous)
- having a bad reputation, disreputable; of bad report; notoriously vile; detestable; widely known, especially for something bad
- He was an infamous traitor.
- He was an infamous perjurer.
- causing infamy; disgraceful
- This infamous deed tarnishes all involved.
- (archaic) in England / Great Britain, a judicial punishment which deprived the infamous person of certain rights; this included a prohibition against holding public office, exercising the franchise, receiving a public pension, serving on a jury, or giving testimony in a court of law.
From Anglo-Norman infamous, from Medieval Latin infamosus