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 for Ill fame
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ill \Ill\ ([i^]l), a. [The regular comparative and superlative
     are wanting, their places being supplied by worseand worst,
     from another root.] [OE. ill, ille, Icel. illr; akin to Sw.
     illa, adv., Dan. ilde, adv.]
     1. Contrary to good, in a physical sense; contrary or opposed
        to advantage, happiness, etc.; bad; evil; unfortunate;
        disagreeable; unfavorable.
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              Neither is it ill air only that maketh an ill seat,
              but ill ways, ill markets, and ill neighbors.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              There 's some ill planet reigns.      --Shak.
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     2. Contrary to good, in a moral sense; evil; wicked; wrong;
        iniquitious; naughtly; bad; improper.
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              Of his own body he was ill, and gave
              The clergy ill example.               --Shak.
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     3. Sick; indisposed; unwell; diseased; disordered; as, ill of
        a fever.
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              I am in health, I breathe, and see thee ill. --Shak.
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     4. Not according with rule, fitness, or propriety; incorrect;
        rude; unpolished; inelegant.
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              That 's an ill phrase.                --Shak.
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     Ill at ease, uneasy; uncomfortable; anxious. "I am very ill
        at ease." --Shak.
  
     Ill blood, enmity; resentment; bad blood.
  
     Ill breeding, lack of good breeding; rudeness.
  
     Ill fame, ill or bad repute; as, a house of ill fame, a
        house where lewd persons meet for illicit intercourse.
  
     Ill humor, a disagreeable mood; bad temper.
  
     Ill nature, bad disposition or temperament; sullenness;
        esp., a disposition to cause unhappiness to others.
  
     Ill temper, anger; moroseness; crossness.
  
     Ill turn.
        (a) An unkind act.
        (b) A slight attack of illness. [Colloq. U.S.] -- Ill
     will, unkindness; enmity; malevolence.
  
     Syn: Bad; evil; wrong; wicked; sick; unwell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ill fame
      n 1: the state of being known for some unfavorable act or
           quality [syn: notoriety, ill fame]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ILL FAME. This is a technical expression, that which means not only bad 
  character as generally understood, but every person, whatever may be his 
  conduct and character in life, who visits bawdy houses, gaming houses, and 
  other places which are of ill fame, is a person of ill fame. 1 Rogers' 
  Recorder, 67; Ayl. Par. 276; 2 Hill, 558; 17 Pick. 80; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 720; 
  2 Hagg. Cons. R. 24; 1 Hagg. Cons. R. 302, 303; 1 Hagg. Eccl. R. 767; 2 
  Greenl. Ev. Sec. 44. 
  
  

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