Infamy Law and Legal Definition

Infamy refers to disgrace; loss of reputation. It is the stigma which attaches to a person who has been convicted of an infamous crime or disgrace resulting from the conviction of a crime whereby the privileges attendant upon citizenship is lost or one's competency or credibility as a witness adversely affected.

The nature of the offence, not its punishment, determines its character as to infamy. [County of Schuylkill v. Copley, 67 Pa. 386 (Pa. 1871)].

There are two kinds of infamy; the one founded in the opinions of the people respecting the mode of punishment; the other in the construction of law respecting the future credibility of the delinquent. [Ex parte Wilson, 114 U.S. 417, 422 (U.S. 1885)].