infamous

[ in-fuh-muhs ]
/ ˈɪn fə məs /

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.

Origin of infamous

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin infām(is) (see infamy) + -ous
Related formsin·fa·mous·ly, adverbin·fa·mous·ness, noun
Can be confusedfamous infamous notorious (see synonym study at famous)
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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 Formsinfamously, adverbinfamousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for infamously

infamous


adj.

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.

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