Italian Word of the Day: Famigerato (infamous / notorious)

Famigerato is an adjective that derives from the Latin word famigeratus, the past participle of famigerare meaning “to make famous”.

/fa·mi·ge·rà·to/ – [famidʒeˈrato]
italian word of the day - famigerato

In ancient Italian, the original meaning was famous, used in a positive or ironic sense, but over time, the meaning shifted to infamous or notorious.

Adjectives such as famigerato always agree with the noun they describe, which means that they have to demonstrate whether they are masculine, feminine, singular or plural. This is achieved by changing the ending of the adjective. For example:

  • il criminale famigerato = the notorious criminal
  • la ladra famigerata = the infamous thief
  • i criminali famigerati = the notorious criminals
  • le ladre famigerate = the infamous thieves

Gli agenti di polizia hanno arrestato il famigerato ministro.

The police officers have arrested the infamous minister.

cropped image of prison guard looking at criminal in prison cell
Il famigerato criminale è stato arrestato = The infamous criminal was arrested

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