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)



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