in·​fa·​my | \ ˈin-fə-mē How to pronounce infamy (audio) \
plural infamies

Definition of infamy

1 : evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal
2a : an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act
b : the state of being infamous

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disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism. sent home in disgrace dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem. preferred death to life with dishonor disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation. a once proud name fallen into disrepute infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame. a day that lives in infamy ignominy stresses humiliation. the ignominy of being arrested

Examples of infamy in a Sentence

He never escaped the infamy his crimes had earned him. despite her eventual pardons, she could never completely free herself of the infamy of being named a war criminal

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Whether his barbs live on in infamy or renown among Aggies will be determined by Saturday night. Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M offensive lineman: ‘There will be an upset’ at No. 1 Clemson," 2 Sep. 2019 His robot-like performance will certainly go down in infamy., "Premier League: Teemu Pukki, Sadio Madio & Dani Ceballos Earn Spots in Team of the Week," 20 Aug. 2019 Cambridge Analytica, meanwhile, dissolved in infamy. Washington Post, "Brittany Kaiser’s work with Cambridge Analytica helped elect Donald Trump. She’s hoping the world will forgive her.," 3 Aug. 2019 Public opinion polls show that significantly more Americans view the four women unfavorably than favorably — a remarkable level of infamy for any House member to reach after less than a year on the job. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Pelosi. Clinton. Obama. Now ‘the Squad’ Is the New Target for the Right.," 27 July 2019 Joseph Iscovitz picked up a machine gun to defend his country against attacking Japanese planes on a date that lives in infamy — Dec. 7, 1941. Larry Barszewski,, "Joseph Iscovitz, one of few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, dies at 103," 10 July 2019 Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.’ Oooh. Rob Long, National Review, "Sound: Coughing," 20 June 2019 Over the past year-ish, the leopard skirt has reached comical levels of infamy. Glamour, "This $80 Tie-Dye Tank Top Might Already Be the Fashion Item for Summer 2019," 6 June 2019 Since its premiere as a spin-off to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills back in 2013, the show has given us endless quotes, gifs, and situations that will live in infamy. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of infamy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of infamy

: the condition of being known for having done bad things or for being evil
formal : an evil or terrible act


in·​fa·​my | \ ˈin-fə-mē How to pronounce infamy (audio) \
plural infamies

Kids Definition of infamy

1 : an evil reputation He earned infamy for his crimes.
2 : an evil or terrible act The people suffered the infamies of their ruler.

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