infamous

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman infamous, from Medieval Latin infamosus, from Latin infamis.

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  • enPR: ĭnʹfə-məs, IPA(key): /ˈɪnfəməs/

Adjective[edit]

infamous (comparative more infamous, superlative most infamous)

  1. Having a bad reputation, disreputable; notoriously bad, unpleasant or evil; widely known, especially for something bad.
    He was an infamous traitor.
    He was an infamous perjurer.
  2. Causing infamy; disgraceful.
    This infamous deed tarnishes all involved.
  3. (Britain, historical) Subject to a judicial punishment that deprived the infamous person of certain rights; this included a prohibition against holding public office, exercising the franchise, receiving a public pension, serving on a jury, or giving testimony in a court of law.

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