Infamy definition

ĭnfə-mē
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An evil or criminal act that is publicly known.
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The quality of being infamous; great wickedness.
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(law) Loss of character and of certain civil rights sustained by a person convicted of an infamous crime.
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Very bad reputation; notoriety; disgrace; dishonor.
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Very bad reputation; notoriety.

Achieved infamy as the central figure in the scandal.

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Infamy is defined as notoriety, or a reputation of bad behavior.

An example of infamy is the bad man image of Jesse James.

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The condition of being infamous; disgrace.

A name that will live in infamy.

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An infamous act.
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The state of being infamous.
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
infamy
Plural:
infamies

Origin of infamy

  • Middle English infamie dishonor from Old French from Latin īnfāmia from īnfāmis infamous infamous

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

  • From Old French infamie, from Latin īnfāmia (“infamy”), from īnfāmis (“infamous”), from in- (“not”) + fāma (“fame, renown”).

    From Wiktionary