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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infamous  \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  infamous  perjurer. 
 
  False  errant  knight,  infamous,  and  forsworn. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  Causing  or  producing  infamy;  deserving  detestation; 
  scandalous  to  the  last  degree;  as  an  infamous  act 
  infamous  vices;  infamous  corruption.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  (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.''  --P.  Fletcher. 
 
  Infamous  hills,  and  sandy  perilous  wilds.  --Milton. 
 
  The  piny  shade  More  infamous  by  cursed  Lycaon  made 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Detestable;  odious;  scandalous;  disgraceful;  base;  vile; 
  shameful;  ignominious. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  infamous 
  adj  :  having  an  exceedingly  bad  reputation;  "a  notorious 
  gangster";  "the  tenderloin  district  was  notorious  for 
  vice"  [syn:  {ill-famed},  {notorious}] 




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