- 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.
infamous definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French infameux ; from Midieval Latin infamosus ; from Classical Latin infamis: see in- and amp; famous
- infamously adverb
infamous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious.
- Causing or deserving infamy; heinous: an infamous deed.
- Law a. Punishable by severe measures, such as death, long imprisonment, or loss of civil rights.b. Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries such a punishment.
Origin: Middle English infamis, from Latin īnfāmis : in-, not; see in-1 + fāma, renown, fame; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- inˈfa·mous·ly adverb
- inˈfa·mous·ness noun