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

infamously

adverb

Examples of infamous in a Sentence

  1. The most infamous of South America's poisonous snakes are the ringed coral snake and the pit viper. —Candice MillardThe River of Doubt2005
  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 JordanNew York Times Magazine4 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 & TelescopeJanuary 1995
  4. a city infamous for poverty and crime

  5. He committed an infamous crime.

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Origin and Etymology of infamous

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

INFAMOUS Defined for English Language Learners

infamous

adjective

Definition of infamous for English Language Learners

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

  • : causing people to think you are bad or evil


INFAMOUS Defined for Kids

infamous

adjective in·fa·mous \ ˈin-fə-məs \

Definition of infamous for Students

1 :having an evil reputation
  • an infamous murderer
2 :1evil 1, bad
  • an infamous crime

infamously

adverb

Law Dictionary

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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