What does infamous mean?

infamous meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"of sick repute," belated 14c., from Medieval Latin infamosus, from Latin in- "not, contrary of" (see in- (1)) + famosus "celebrated" (see famous). Indicating affected by Latin infamis "of ill popularity" (see infamy). As a legal term, "disqualified from certain rights of residents in consequence of belief of certain crimes" (late 14c.). The natural fameless is taped from 1590s. Related: Infamously.


infamous meaning in General Dictionary

understood extensively and often unfavorably

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  • Of very bad report; having a reputation for the worst type; held in abhorrence; guilty of a thing that reveals to infamy; base; notoriously vile; detestable; as, an infamous traitor; an infamous perjurer.
  • Causing or making infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous toward last degree; as, an infamous act; infamous vices; infamous corruption.
  • labeled with infamy by belief of a crime; as, at common-law, an infamous individual cannot be a witness.
  • Having a negative name being the spot where an odious criminal activity ended up being committed, or to be involving something detestable; for this reason, unfortunate; perilous; dangerous.

infamous meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Of very bad report; having a reputation of this worst sort; held in abhorrence; bad of something that exposes to infamy; base; infamously vile; detestable; because, an infamous traitor; an infamous perjurer.

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  • (a.) Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous toward final degree; because, an infamous work; infamous vices; infamous corruption.
  • (a.) Branded with infamy by belief of a crime; since, at common-law, an infamous individual cannot be a witness.
  • (a.) Having a bad name as being the location where an odious criminal activity had been committed, or as being of one thing detestable; ergo, unlucky; perilous; dangerous.

Sentence Examples with the word infamous

The same society which produced his infamous favourites also produced St Philip of Moscow, and by refusing to listen to St Philip Ivan sank below even the not very lofty moral standard of his own age.

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