Borrowed from Old French infamie, from Latin īnfāmia (infamy), from īnfāmis (infamous), from in- (not) + fāma (fame, renown).


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


infamy (countable and uncountable, plural infamies)

  1. The state of being infamous.
  2. A reputation as being evil.
    "Infamy, infamy - they've all got it in for me!" - Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in Carry On Cleo
    "A date which will live in infamy" - Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
  3. A reprehensible occurrence or situation.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 8, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 251:
      'All for a pig of a man who should have gone to the chair. It is an infamy that he did not.'
  4. (law) A stigma attaching to a person's character that disqualifies them from being a witness.

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