[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. infallibility, papal,
  2. infallible,
  3. infamize,
  4. infamous,
  5. infamously,
  6. infancy,
  7. infant,
  8. infant apnea,
  9. infant mortality rate,
  10. infant prodigy

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for infamy



early 15c., from Old French infamie (14c.), earlier infame, and directly from Latin infamia "ill fame, bad repute, dishonor, from infamis "of ill fame," from in- "not, without" + fama "reputation" (see fame (n.)).

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