In"fa*my (?), n.; pl. Infamies (#). [L. infamia, fr. infamis infamous; pref. in- not + fama fame: cf. F. infamie. See Fame.]


Total loss of reputation; public disgrace; dishonor; ignominy; indignity.

The afflicted queen would not yield, and said she would not . . . submit to such infamy. Bp. Burnet.


A quality which exposes to disgrace; extreme baseness or vileness; as, the infamy of an action.

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.

<-- Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- a day which will live in infamy, . . . [Roosevelt] -->


© Webster 1913.

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