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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 (literally bad fame).


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


infamy (countable and uncountable, plural infamies)

  1. The state of being infamous.
    1. The state of having a reputation as being evil.
      • 1941 December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Day of 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.
  2. A reprehensible occurrence or situation.
  3. (law) A stigma attaching to a person's character that disqualifies them from being a witness.

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