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infamous

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adjective in·fa·mous \ˈin-fə-məs\

Simple Definition of infamous

  • : well-known for being bad : known for evil acts or crimes

  • : causing people to think you are bad or evil

Full Definition of infamous

  1. 1 :  having a reputation of the worst kind :  notoriously evil <an infamous traitor>

  2. 2 :  causing or bringing infamy :  disgraceful <an infamous crime>

  3. 3 :  convicted of an offense bringing infamy

in·fa·mous·ly adverb

Examples of infamous

  1. The most infamous of South America's poisonous snakes are the ringed coral snake and the pit viper. —Candice Millard, The River of Doubt, 2005

  2. Clemens is famous, or maybe infamous, for his brushback pitches and in particular for his penchant for “doubling up,” throwing two brushbacks in a row. —Pat Jordan, New York Times Magazine, 4 Mar. 2001

  3. Instead we invoke the infamous dark matter, also known to make up most of the mass of other galaxies (both spiral and elliptical), clusters of galaxies, and the universe. What is it? Your guess may not be quite as good as mine, but almost. —Virginia Trimble et al., Sky & Telescope, January 1995

  4. a city infamous for poverty and crime

  5. He committed an infamous crime.



Origin of infamous

Middle English, from Latin infamis, from in- + fama fame


First Known Use: 14th century



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