Definition of infamy
1 : evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal
2a : an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil actb : the state of being infamous
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
Recent Examples of infamy from the Web
There were multiple eyewitnesses on their way to work who witnessed so much carnage that Tuesday morning that will live in infamy.
Cranston's high school teacher Walter White begins his long spiral into Breaking Bad drug lord infamy (2008) wearing saggy white underwear — prudently cooking his meth without ruining his slacks.
The power plant will forever live in infamy after one of its units partially melted down on March 28, 1979.
Both face a scientific establishment that has been hostile to cold fusion research ever since the results of Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann's 1989 experiment erupted into infamy.
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INFAMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infamy for English Language Learners
: the condition of being known for having done bad things or for being evil
: an evil or terrible act
INFAMY Defined for Kids
Definition of infamy for Students
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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