infamy

[ in-fuh-mee ]
/ ˈɪn fə mi /

noun, plural in·fa·mies for 3.

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.
infamous character or conduct.
an infamous act or circumstance.
Law. loss of rights, incurred by conviction of an infamous offense.

Origin of infamy

1425–75; late Middle English infamye < Latin infāmia, equivalent to infām(is) ill-famed (in- in-3 + fām(a) fame + -is adj. suffix) + -ia -y3
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infamy

/ (ˈɪnfəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

the state or condition of being infamous
an infamous act or event

Word Origin for infamy

C15: from Latin infāmis of evil repute, from in- 1 + fāma fame
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