Definition of infamous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnfəməs/


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, ill-famed, of ill-repute;
legendary, fabled, well-known
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, dishonourable, discreditable, unworthy, unprincipled, unscrupulous;
monstrous, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, heinous, detestable, disgusting, loathsome, hateful, wicked, vile, base, unspeakable, unforgivable, iniquitous, criminal, odious, nefarious, scandalous
informal dirty, filthy, low-down
British informal beastly
formal egregious, flagitious, exceptionable
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.


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

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