American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious.
- adj. Causing or deserving infamy; heinous: an infamous deed.
- adj. Law Punishable by severe measures, such as death, long imprisonment, or loss of civil rights.
- adj. Law Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries such a punishment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of ill fame; famous or noted for badness of any kind; notoriously evil; of vile character or quality; odious; detestable: applied to persons or things.
- Involving or attributing infamy; branded, or that brands, with infamy: as, an infamous crime; infamous punishment.
- In the commonlaw rule of evidence disqualifying convicts to testify as witnesses or serve as jurors, an offense a conviction of which would at common law disqualify the person as a witness or juror, because creating a strong presumption against truthfulness; in general, an offense punishable in a state prison.
- In the constitutional provision that no one can be held to answer for an infamous offense without presentment or indictment by grand jury, a crime punishable capitally or by imprisonment in a state prison or penitentiary, with or without hard labor. In this sense restricted by some authorities to those offenses which involve falsehood and are calculated to affect injuriously the public administration of justice. Synonyms Wicked, Heinous, etc. (see atrocious); disgraceful, shameful, grossly dishonorable, nefarious, execrable, ignominious.
- adj. having a bad reputation, disreputable; of bad report; notoriously vile; detestable; widely known, especially for something bad
- adj. causing infamy; disgraceful.
- adj. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of very bad report; having a reputation of the worst kind; held in abhorrence; guilty of something that exposes to infamy; base; notoriously vile; detestable.
- adj. Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous to the last degree
- adj. (Law) Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime.
- adj. Having a bad name as being the place where an odious crime was committed, or as being associated with something detestable; hence, unlucky; perilous; dangerous.
- adj. known widely and usually unfavorably
- Middle English infamis, from Latin īnfāmis : in-, not; see in-1 + fāma, renown, fame; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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