Definition of infamous in English:


Syllabification: in·fa·mous
Pronunciation: /ˈinfəməs


  • 1Well known for some bad quality or deed: an infamous war criminal
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    • The infamous London smog is an example of extreme air pollution.
    • Made famous, or rather infamous, by Shakespeare, Richard is put ‘on trial’ for murdering two of his nephews.
    • Let me ask you about the most famous, or infamous, use of explosives, of course, that plane that went down.
    notorious, disreputable; legendary, fabled, famed
  • 1.1Wicked; abominable: the medical council disqualified him for infamous misconduct
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    • In the minds of many people, Judas Iscariot is one of the most wickedly infamous men of Bible History.
    • This goes to the heart of what the infamous international comparison was all about - objective quality.
    • He was widely regarded as a lock for the top three and a very strong contender just two weeks before his infamous misconduct.
    abominable, outrageous, shocking, shameful, disgraceful, dishonorable, discreditable, contemptible, unworthy; monstrous, atrocious, nefarious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, heinous, egregious, detestable, despicable, loathsome, hateful, vile, unspeakable, unforgivable, iniquitous, scandalous
    informal dirty, filthy, lowdown
  • 1.2 Law , • historical (Of a person) deprived of all or some citizens' rights as a consequence of conviction for a serious crime.
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    • Amiterre legem terrae (literally, "to lose the law of the land") is a Latin phrase used in law, signifying the forfeiture of the right of swearing in any court or cause, or to become infamous.



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  • It deflects attention away from the real issues and plays well on the TV - a media infamously poor at distinguishing real issues from the temptation of the sensational.
  • Although it was dismissed, infamously, by Labour as ‘a nationalist shibboleth’, that kind of rhetoric has no place in the current political debate.
  • Russell is infamously disrespectful of the press.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin infamosus, from Latin infamis (based on fama 'fame').

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