Infamous definition

ĭnfə-məs
Having a very bad reputation; notorious; in disgrace or dishonor.
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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.

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Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious.

An infamous outlaw.

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Causing or deserving a bad reputation; scandalous; outrageous.
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(law) Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries a severe punishment. No longer in technical use.
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Causing or deserving severe public condemnation; heinous.
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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.

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Punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary.
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Causing infamy; disgraceful.

This infamous deed tarnishes all involved.

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Guilty of such a crime.
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(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.
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Origin of infamous

  • Middle English infamis from Latin īnfāmis in- not in–1 fāma renown, fame bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman infamous, from Medieval Latin infamosus

    From Wiktionary