- having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
- deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed.
- deprived of certain rights as a citizen, as a consequence of conviction of certain offenses.
- of or relating to offenses involving such deprivation.
Origin of infamous
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Examples from the Web for infamous
The main effort in the attack was carried out by the infamous Waffen SS 6th Panzer Army.Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Do they not recall the appalling ramifications of the infamous moment when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen in 2009?LeBron's Touchy Feely Protocol Breach
December 9, 2014
A notably large Irish contingent took part in the infamous draft riots because they did not want to compete for jobs with blacks.This Week's Riots Are Part of America's Long History of Racial Rage
November 29, 2014
The most infamous case was that of Kanae Kijima, a onetime housekeeper who became a highly paid mistress.Beware of Japan’s “Black Widows”
November 20, 2014
The reality star bared her infamous behind on the cover of Paper magazine, and the web went wild.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet
November 12, 2014
When I see you, and tell of their infamous tricks, you will be as much surprised as I am.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
And all this is the consequence of the infamous law which you men have made!A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Here the infamous Tschauna harassed me and well-nigh put me to shame.The Chinese Fairy Book
In the midst of these sufferings, he begged of the infamous Girty to shoot him.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
In short, it was infamous—a hundred families ruined; left without bread.Doctor Pascal
- having a bad reputation; notorious
- causing or deserving a bad reputation; shockinginfamous conduct
- criminal law (formerly)
- (of a person) deprived of certain rights of citizenship on conviction of certain offences
- (of a crime or punishment) entailing such deprivation
Word Origin and History for infamous
late 14c., from Medieval Latin infamosus, from Latin in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + famosus "celebrated" (see famous). Meaning influenced by Latin infamis "of ill fame" (see infamy). As a legal term, "disqualified from certain rights of citizens in consequence of conviction of certain crimes" (late 14c.). Related: Infamously.