infamy

noun
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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Malcolm Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX, was benched, a controversial Belichick decision bound to life in infamy. Dan Shaughnessy, Philly.com, "Sorry, Patriots fans, no miracle finish this time," 5 Feb. 2018 Lohan’s brand of fame predates Vanderpump’s: Her particular flavor of pop culture infamy is from a bygone era without smartphones and social media, in which messiness and raw access were the provenance of paparazzi and gossip rags. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Rebooting Lindsay Lohan," 8 Jan. 2019 The movie has lived on in scary movie infamy, its chilling clip of main character Regan MacNeil turning her head in a 360 degree direction providing instant nightmares. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Will Feature an Episode Inspired by “The Exorcist”," 31 Aug. 2018 And Marcus Williams' missed tackle along the sideline will live in infamy for Saints fans. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "6 things we learned from the Vikings' shocker vs. the Saints," 15 Jan. 2018 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 At one time, Mr. Mahathir might have been more suited to the hall of infamy that included Asia’s despots and junta chiefs. New York Times, "Malaysia Finds an Unlikely Champion of Democracy: Its Ex-Strongman," 11 May 2018 When She Threw Jughead That Surprise Party Betty’s (accidental) wild surprise birthday party for Jughead will live in infamy in the world of Riverdale. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart's Best 9 Moments as Betty Cooper on Riverdale," 13 Sep. 2018 In the postwar years, Korematsu v. United States sank into infamy as an unjustifiable suspension of rights and condoning of racial mistreatment. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Court Upholds Travel Ban, but Slams Infamous Case on Japanese Internment Camps," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of infamy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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infamy

noun

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

infamy

noun
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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