Infamy means being famous for something bad or negative. You may be hoping for fame when you get an enormous tattoo of your favorite pop star on your back, but there's a chance you'll end up with infamy instead.

The noun infamy is most often used to talk about famously evil or terrible people or historical events. The day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, just before the start of World War II, was described by President Roosevelt as "a day that will live in infamy." Infamy contains the root word fame, but rather than meaning "the opposite of famous," its meaning is something closer to "fame gone bad."

Definitions of infamy

n a state of extreme dishonor

“"a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt”
celebrity, fame, renown
the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
Type of:
dishonor, dishonour
a state of shame or disgrace

n evil fame or public reputation

favorable public reputation
ill fame, notoriety
the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
notoriety for some particular characteristic
Type of:
discredit, disrepute
the state of being held in low esteem

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