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infamous

in·fa·mous

infamous

 
pronunciation:
In f ms
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having, deserving, or causing a bad reputation; notorious or shameful.
The exotic dancer Mata Hari was infamous as a spy during World War I.Al Capone was an infamous gangster during the Prohibition era.
synonyms:
disreputable, notorious
antonyms:
illustrious, reputable
similar words:
contemptible, disgraceful, dishonorable, ignoble, ignominious, opprobrious, outrageous, scandalous, shameful
definition 2: stripped of certain rights as a citizen upon conviction of certain crimes such as treason, or pertaining to crimes involving such a penalty.
similar words:
corrupt, perfidious, treacherous
derivations: infamously (adv.), infamousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word infamous contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.