from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Evil fame or reputation.
- n. The condition of being infamous.
- n. An evil or criminal act that is publicly known.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being infamous.
- n. A reputation as being evil.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Total loss of reputation; public disgrace; dishonor; ignominy; indignity.
- n. A quality which exposes to disgrace; extreme baseness or vileness.
- n. That loss of character, or public disgrace, which a convict incurs, and by which he is at common law rendered incompetent as a witness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Evil fame; public reproach or disgrace; scandalous repute.
- n. Infamous character; disgracefulness; scandalousness; extreme baseness or vileness: as, the infamy of an action.
- n. In law, the public disgrace or loss of character incurred by conviction of an infamous offense. See infamous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. evil fame or public reputation
- n. a state of extreme dishonor
Middle English infamie, dishonor, from Old French, from Latin īnfāmia, from īnfāmis, infamous; see infamous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin īnfāmia ("infamy"), from īnfāmis ("infamous"), from in- ("not") + fāma ("fame, renown"). (Wiktionary)