Infamy is defined as notoriety, or a reputation of bad behavior.
An example of infamy is the bad man image of Jesse James.
- very bad reputation; notoriety; disgrace; dishonor
- the quality of being infamous; great wickedness
- an infamous act
- Law loss of character and of certain civil rights sustained by a person convicted of an infamous crime
Origin of infamyMiddle English infamye ; from Old French infamie ; from Classical Latin infamia ; from infamis: see infamous
- Very bad reputation; notoriety: achieved infamy as the central figure in the scandal.
- The condition of being infamous; disgrace: a name that will live in infamy.
- An evil or criminal act that is publicly known.
Origin of infamyMiddle English infamie, dishonor, from Old French, from Latin īnfāmia, from īnfāmis, infamous; see infamous.
- The state of being infamous.
- A reputation as being evil.
- "Infamy, infamy - they've all got it in for me!" - Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in Carry On Cleo
- "A date which will live in infamy" - Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour
From Old French infamie, from Latin īnfāmia (“infamy”), from īnfāmis (“infamous”), from in- (“not”) + fāma (“fame, renown”).