infamous

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From Anglo-Norman infamous, from Medieval Latin infamosus

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infamous (comparative more infamous, superlative most infamous)

  1. having a bad reputation, disreputable; of bad report; notoriously vile; detestable; widely known, especially for something bad
    He was an infamous traitor.
    He was an infamous perjurer.
  2. causing infamy; disgraceful
    This infamous deed tarnishes all involved.
  3. (archaic) in England / Great Britain, a judicial punishment which deprived the infamous person of certain rights; this included a prohibition against holding public office, exercising the franchise, receiving a public pension, serving on a jury, or giving testimony in a court of law.

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Last modified on 1 April 2014, at 20:57