Definitions for infamyˈɪn fə mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•fa•my*ˈɪn fə mi(n.)(pl.)-mies.

  1. 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.

  2. infamous character or conduct.

  3. an infamous act or circumstance.

  4. Law. loss of rights, incurred by conviction of an infamous offense.

    Category: Law

* Syn: See disgrace.

Origin of infamy:

1425–75; late ME < L infāmia; see infamous,-y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. infamy, opprobrium(noun)

    a state of extreme dishonor

    "a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt; "the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city"

  2. infamy(noun)

    evil fame or public reputation


  1. infamy(Noun)

    The state of being infamous.

  2. infamy(Noun)

    A reputation as being evil.

  3. Origin: From infamia, from infamis, from in- + fama.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infamy(noun)

    total loss of reputation; public disgrace; dishonor; ignominy; indignity

  2. Infamy(noun)

    a quality which exposes to disgrace; extreme baseness or vileness; as, the infamy of an action

  3. Infamy(noun)

    that loss of character, or public disgrace, which a convict incurs, and by which he is at common law rendered incompetent as a witness


  1. Infamy

    Infamy, in common usage, is notoriety gained from a negative incident or reputation. The word stems from the Latin infamia, antonym of fama. Infamy is a term of art in Roman Catholic Canon Law. The remainder of this article discusses infamy as defined by Canon Law. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, infamy in the canonical sense is defined as the privation or lessening of one's good name as the result of the bad rating which he has, even among prudent men. It constitutes an irregularity, i.e. a canonical impediment which prevents one being ordained or exercising such orders as he may have already received. There are two types of infamy, infamy of law and infamy of fact.

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