infamy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From late Middle English infamie, from Old French infamie, from Latin īnfāmia (infamy), from īnfāmis (infamous), from in- (not) + fāma (fame, renown). Displaced native Old English unhlīsa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnfəmi/
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  • Hyphenation: in‧fa‧my

Noun[edit]

infamy (countable and uncountable, plural infamies)

  1. The state of being infamous.
  2. A reputation as being evil.
    • December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Infamy Speech, [1]
      Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
  3. A reprehensible occurrence or situation.
  4. (law) A stigma attaching to a person's character that disqualifies them from being a witness.

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