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Definition of "infamous" []

  • Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious. (adjective)
  • Causing or deserving infamy; heinous: an infamous deed. (adjective)
  • Law Punishable by severe measures, such as death, long imprisonment, or loss of civil rights. (adjective)
  • Law Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries such a punishment. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "infamous" in a sentence
  • "I use the term infamous because as with a box of cream centered chocolates, one is never quite certain what the next choice will bring!"
  • "As he retired, bursting with ineffectual indignation, Esdale was the first person whom Hartley chanced to meet with, and to him, stung with impatience, he communicated what he termed the infamous conduct of the"
  • "Defense Secretary Robert Gates, touring a facility down in Fort Bliss, Texas, today designed to help soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, announced that the Pentagon will change what he called the infamous question 21."