Definition of infamy in US English:


nounPlural infamies

  • 1The state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.

    ‘a day that will live in infamy’
    • ‘But the judgment at last demonstrates the scope and scale of their infamy.’
    • ‘This renown, however, always bordered on infamy.’
    • ‘Their political influence has earned the Florida growers a place of infamy in American popular culture.’
    • ‘Do estate agents deserve such infamy?’
    • ‘And so begins his long road to infamy.’
    • ‘He mistakes his infamy for fame and popularity.’
    • ‘They can't wash out the taint of that cynicism and infamy no matter how much they try and no matter how loud they yell.’
    • ‘Many may carry no real social disgrace or infamy.’
    • ‘I would see you spared that infamy.’
    • ‘The only thing we have had, as we know, is the statement that will live, to quote someone else, in infamy.’
    • ‘No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.’
    • ‘But I had never understood the infamy and tyranny of that law so clearly as in that hour.’
    • ‘So for me, December 7, 1941, was a day that will be remembered in infamy.’
    • ‘They are living in infamy in Boston and Chicago.’
    • ‘For heavy metal fans, the summer of 96 will forever live in infamy.’
    • ‘I would have thought that no one would want news satellite trucks, blocked traffic and infamy.’
    • ‘A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage.’
    • ‘This brings us into the shroud of infamy that surrounds the film.’
    • ‘What would unfold would be a day of infamy, as the world watched the nightmare play out before their eyes.’
    • ‘Still, I will settle for the infamy, if that is the price to pay for honest and forthright expression.’
    notoriety, disrepute, disreputableness, ill repute, ill fame, loss of reputation, disgrace, discredit, shame, dishonour, ignominy, scandal, censure, blame, disapprobation, condemnation, contempt
    wickedness, evil, baseness, sordidness, vileness, iniquity, iniquitousness, depravity, degeneracy, turpitude, immorality, unscrupulousness, corruption, dissolution
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    1. 1.1 An evil or wicked act.
      ‘one of history's greatest infamies’
      • ‘The greatest infamy in living memory is now being enacted.’
      • ‘A man who can do that is capable of any infamy.’
      • ‘Near the entrance to the community a monument to the infamy was erected to commemorate the dead.’
      • ‘Why should I be forced to participate as a member of society in the performance of an act which I regard as abominable infamy?’
      • ‘Well, this is an infamy that needs to be erased.’