Infamy In"fa*my, n.; pl. {Infamies}. [L. infamia, fr. infamis infamous; pref. in- not + fama fame: cf. F. infamie. See {Fame}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Total loss of reputation; public disgrace; dishonor; ignominy; indignity. [1913 Webster]

The afflicted queen would not yield, and said she would not . . . submit to such infamy. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

2. A quality which exposes to disgrace; extreme baseness or vileness; as, the infamy of an action. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) That loss of character, or public disgrace, which a convict incurs, and by which he is at common law rendered incompetent as a witness. [1913 Webster]

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- a day which will live in infamy, . . . --Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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