infamous

adjective
in·fa·mous | \ ˈin-fə-məs \

Definition of infamous 

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

2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful an infamous crime

3 : convicted of an offense bringing infamy

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infamously adverb

Examples of infamous in a Sentence

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 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 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 a city infamous for poverty and crime He committed an infamous crime.
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The extremely un-PC Baron Cohen is infamous for Borat, the Dictator, and dumping ashes on Ryan Seacrest ... so this should be interesting. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trade war will tariff us apart," 7 July 2018 At Duke, Allen was infamous for tripping and putting his foot in the wrong place at the wrong time. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Grayson Allen, Trae Young Earn Technical Fouls After Scuffle," 6 July 2018 Comic-book characters are infamous for never ageing, never staying dead and being available for endless reboots or side-stories. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 Storms are kind of infamous for transporting belongings, large and small, across several (sometimes thousands) of miles. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Missing: Five-ton tractor, last seen tossed by tornado on South Dakota farm," 3 July 2018 Mars is infamous for intense dust storms, which sometimes cover the planet and kick up enough dust to be seen by telescopes on Earth. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Gigantic dust storm on Mars silences NASA's Opportunity rover," 13 June 2018 Manziel was infamous for his poor preparation and practice habits with the Browns. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Scribbles: Why team has faith in Baker Mayfield -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 27 Apr. 2018 Frank Lampard’s infamous ‘ghost goal’ in England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany in South Africa saw calls for goal line technology to be intensified. SI.com, "Why VAR is a Step in the Right Direction for Football Despite the Continued Scrutiny," 12 July 2018 Debs’ Canton speech, delivered 100 years ago this week, became the era’s most infamous example of how dissent can become a casualty of war. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of infamous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infamous

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

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infamous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infamous

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

: causing people to think you are bad or evil

infamous

adjective
in·fa·mous | \ ˈin-fə-məs \

Kids Definition of infamous

1 : having an evil reputation an infamous murderer

2 : evil entry 1 sense 1, bad an infamous crime

Other words from infamous

infamously adverb

infamous

adjective
in·fa·mous | \ ˈin-fə-məs \

Legal Definition of infamous 

: of, relating to, or being a crime punishable by imprisonment (as a year or more in a penitentiary) that can lead to loss of rights and privileges upon conviction also : convicted of such a crime

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