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infamous

[ in-fuh-muhs ]
/ ˈɪn fə məs /
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adjective
having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed.
Law.
  1. deprived of certain rights as a citizen, as a consequence of conviction of certain offenses.
  2. of or relating to offenses involving such deprivation.
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Origin of infamous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin infām(is) (see infamy) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM infamous

in·fa·mous·ly, adverbin·fa·mous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH infamous

famous, infamous , notorious
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How to use infamous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for infamous

infamous
/ (ˈɪnfəməs) /

adjective
having a bad reputation; notorious
causing or deserving a bad reputation; shockinginfamous conduct
criminal law (formerly)
  1. (of a person) deprived of certain rights of citizenship on conviction of certain offences
  2. (of a crime or punishment) entailing such deprivation

Derived forms of infamous

infamously, adverbinfamousness, noun
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