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1. Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious: an infamous outlaw.
2. Causing or deserving severe public condemnation; heinous: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury" (US Constitution, Amendment 5).
3. Law Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries a severe punishment. No longer in technical use.

[Middle English infamis, from Latin īnfāmis : in-, not; see in-1 + fāma, renown, fame; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

in′fa·mous·ly adv.
in′fa·mous·ness n.


1. having a bad reputation; notorious
2. causing or deserving a bad reputation; shocking: infamous conduct.
3. (Law) criminal law (formerly)
a. (of a person) deprived of certain rights of citizenship on conviction of certain offences
b. (of a crime or punishment) entailing such deprivation
ˈinfamously adv
ˈinfamousness n


(ˈɪn fə məs)

1. having an extremely bad reputation.
2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully bad; detestable: an infamous deed.
3. Law.
a. (of a convicted felon) deprived of certain rights as a citizen.
b. pertaining to offenses involving such deprivation.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin infāmis]
in′fa•mous•ly, adv.
in′fa•mous•ness, n.


1. 'famous'

If someone or something is famous, very many people know about them.

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a famous writer?
...the world's most famous picture.
2. 'well-known'

Well-known has a similar meaning to famous. However, a well-known person or thing is usually known to fewer people or in a smaller area than a famous one.

...a club run by Paul Ross, a well-known Lakeland climber.
...his two well-known books on modern art.

Well-known can be spelled with or without a hyphen. You usually spell it with a hyphen in front of a noun and without a hyphen after a verb.

I took him to a well-known doctor in Harley Street.
The building became very well known.
3. 'notorious'

Someone or something that is notorious is well known for something that is bad or undesirable.

The area was notorious for murders.
...his notorious arrogance.
4. 'infamous'

People and things are described as infamous when they are well known because they are connected with wicked or cruel behaviour.

...the infamous serial killer known as 'the Boston Strangler'.
...the infamous shower scene from Psycho.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.infamous - known widely and usually unfavorably; "a notorious gangster"; "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"; "the infamous Benedict Arnold";
disreputable - lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance



1. Known widely and unfavorably:
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[ˈɪnfəməs] ADJ [person] → infame, de mala fama; [conduct, crime, speech] → infame
to be infamous for sthser infame por algo


[ˈɪnfəməs] adj [crime] → infâme
to be infamous for sth [person, place] → être tristement célèbre pour qch


adj (= notorious)berüchtigt (for wegen); area, barberüchtigt, verrufen; (= shameful) personniederträchtig, gemein, ruchlos (old, liter); deed, conductniederträchtig, infam, schändlich (geh)


[ˈɪnfəməs] adj (person) → famigerato/a; (crime) → infame


(ˈinfəməs) adjective
1. (of something bad) well-known; notorious.
2. disgraceful.
ˈinfamy noun
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, he accompanied his infamies with so much ability of mind and body that, having devoted himself to the military profession, he rose through its ranks to be Praetor of Syracuse.
At the same time, he desired to re-affirm the reconciliation between John Paul's nation, Poland, and his own, Germany, with the further benefit of paying homage to the dead of Auschwitz, today the best known icon of the infamies perpetrated in Europe during the Second World War.
Repentance not only from such infamies as greed, hatred and materialism but also from faith in both traditional liberal and conservative proposals for change, and in politics usually devoid of moral imperatives.