In"fa*mous(?), a. [Pref. in- not + famous: cf. L. infamis. See Infamy.]
1. Of very bad report; having a reputation of the worst kind; held in abhorrence; guilty of something that exposes to infamy; base; notoriously vile; detestable; as, an
infamous traitor; an
False errant knight, infamous, and forsworn.Spenser.
2. Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous to the last degree; as, an
(Law) Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime; as, at common law, an
infamous person can not be a witness.
4. Having a bad name as being the place where an odious crime was committed, or as being associated with something detestable; hence, unlucky; perilous; dangerous. "Infamous woods."
Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds.Milton.
The piny shadeDryden.
More infamous by cursed Lycaon made.
Syn. -- Detestable; odious; scandalous; disgraceful; base; vile; shameful; ignominious.
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