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[in-fuh-mee] /ˈɪn fə mi/
noun, plural infamies for 3.
extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act:
a time that will live in infamy.
infamous character or conduct.
an infamous act or circumstance.
Law. loss of rights, incurred by conviction of an infamous offense.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English infamye < Latin infāmia, equivalent to infām(is) ill-famed (in- in-3 + fām(a) fame + -is adj. suffix) + -ia -y3
1. disrepute, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, shame. See disgrace.
1. credit, honor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infamy
  • It was indeed a day that will in infamy, but it's not the one you're thinking.
  • infamy was babbling around her in the public market-place.
  • Thus by all means that may be they procure to have gold and silver among them in reproach and infamy.
  • His misguided zeal led him on to the deed which gained for him not fame, but deepest infamy.
British Dictionary definitions for infamy


noun (pl) -mies
the state or condition of being infamous
an infamous act or event
Word Origin
C15: from Latin infāmis of evil repute, from in-1 + fāmafame
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Word Origin and History for infamy

early 15c., from Old French infamie (14c.), earlier infame, and directly from Latin infamia "ill fame, bad repute, dishonor, from infamis "of ill fame," from in- "not, without" + fama "reputation" (see fame (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for infamy

public disgrace or loss of reputation, particularly as a consequence of criminal conviction. In early common law, conviction for an infamous crime resulted in disqualification to testify as a witness. The criterion for considering a crime infamous was whether or not it stamped the offender as untrustworthy. The concept was, therefore, at first limited to so-called crimen falsi, originally perjury, but was extended to any crime involving fraud or corruption. Eventually, all felonies came to be treated as infamous. Testimonial incompetency for infamy, however, has been abolished by statute in England and generally in the United States as well.

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