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Meaning of INFAMOUS

Pronunciation:  'infumus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  having an exceedingly bad reputation; "a notorious gangster"; "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"

INFAMOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: disreputable, ill-famed, notorious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"fa*mous\, a. [Pref. in- not + famous: cf. L.
infamis. See {Infamy}.]
1. Of very bad report; having a reputation of the worst kind;
   held in abhorrence; guilty of something that exposes to
   infamy; base; notoriously vile; detestable; as, an
   infamous traitor; an infamous perjurer.

         False errant knight, infamous, and forsworn.

2. Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation;
   scandalous to the last degree; as, an infamous act;
   infamous vices; infamous corruption. --Macaulay.

3. (Law) Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime; as, at
   common law, an infamous person can not be a witness.

4. Having a bad name as being the place where an odious crime
   was committed, or as being associated with something
   detestable; hence, unlucky; perilous; dangerous.
   ``Infamous woods.'' --P. Fletcher.

         Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds. --Milton.

         The piny shade More infamous by cursed Lycaon made.

Syn: Detestable; odious; scandalous; disgraceful; base; vile;
     shameful; ignominious.

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