What does infamy mean?

Definitions for infamyˈɪn fə mi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word infamy.

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

  4. Origin: [L. infamia, fr. infamis infamous; pref. in- not + fama fame: cf. F. infamie. See Fame.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infamy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infamy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.

  2. Tieck:

    He is not dead who departs this life with high fame; dead is he, though living, whose brow is branded with infamy.

  3. David Yepsen:

    I think Democrats are going to be pleased, he's not going to go far enough to quiet the critics. This was no 'day of infamy' speech.

  4. Tieck:

    He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.

  5. Dan Gross:

    Notoriety serves as a reward for these killers and as a call-to-action for others who would seek to do similar harm in the name of infamy.

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