infamy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n infamy evil fame or public reputation
    • n infamy a state of extreme dishonor "a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt","the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • Infamy A quality which exposes to disgrace; extreme baseness or vileness; as, the infamy of an action.
    • Infamy (Law) That loss of character, or public disgrace, which a convict incurs, and by which he is at common law rendered incompetent as a witness. "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 -- a day which will live in infamy , . . ."
    • Infamy Total loss of reputation; public disgrace; dishonor; ignominy; indignity. "The afflicted queen would not yield, and said she would not . . . submit to such infamy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infamy Evil fame; public reproach or disgrace; scandalous repute.
    • n infamy Infamous character; disgracefulness; scandalousness; extreme baseness or vileness: as, the infamy of an action.
    • n infamy In law, the public disgrace or loss of character incurred by conviction of an infamous offense. See infamous. Synonyms Obloquy, Opprobrium, etc. (see ignominy), dishonor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infamy ill fame or repute: public disgrace: extreme vileness:
    • n Infamy (law) a stigma attaching to the character of a person so as to disqualify him from being a witness
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Quotations

  • William Hazlitt
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    “There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.”
  • Johann Ludwig Tieck
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    “He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.”
  • Marquis De Sade
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    “Prejudice is the sole author of infamies: how many acts are so qualified by an opinion forged out of naught but prejudice!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infamia, fr. infamis, infamous; pref. in-, not + fama, fame: cf. F. infamie,. See Fame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. in, not, fama, fame.

Usage

In literature:

Her character is branded with merited infamy, but her name is mercifully veiled.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
The poet has told his story in words which will never die; and he has proclaimed the infamy of TAFFY to the uttermost corners of the earth.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 25, September 17, 1870" by Various
Nor bit nor rein shall now restrain thy course across the lea, For the curb and the bridle I only use from infamy to flee.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
But the infamy of the one has eclipsed the glory of the other.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Live thou, whose infamy is not thy fame!
"Adonais" by Shelley
If we consult history, my lords, how seldom do we find an innocent minister overwhelmed with infamy?
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 10." by Samuel Johnson
I need not add, that he who lends himself to his own infamy will soon attain his object.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Infamy is attached to the crime, by universal opinion, as soon as it is known.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
Agrippina, whose very name is infamy, was the admiration of courtiers and statesmen.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
As archbishop he knew what was expected of him; and he knew also the infamy in store for him should he betray his cause.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
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In poetry:

The muse with unfeign'd sorrow sings,
And all-reluctant tunes her strings,
To tell what infamy he brings
Upon his wretched head.
"Enigma XI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
By him the love that fills man's soul with light,
And makes a Heaven of Earth, was crucified;
Lust-crowned he lived, yea, lived in God's despite,
And old in infamies, a king he died.
"Reincarnation" by Madison Julius Cawein
Poor wayward wretch! and who will heed thy weeping,
When soon an outcast on the world thou'lt be?
Who then will soothe thee, when thy mother's sleeping
In her low grave of shame and infamy?
"The Lullaby Of A Female Convict To Her Child The Night Previous To Her Execution" by Henry Kirke White
He argued with himself, and said, "A spotless man am I;
I can't be more respectable, however hard I try!
For six and thirty years I've always been as good as gold,
And now for half an hour I'll plan infamy untold!
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Empire thanks with Seddon - all parties (friends or foes) -
Who seized the great occasion and nobly to it rose,
Upheld New Zealand's honour and recognised the time
When faltering were infamy, when meanness were a Crime.
"The Transvaal Contingent" by Anonymous Oceania
`Nay, let me sleep, or, best, be stone or steel `Nay, let me sleep, or, best, be stone or steel,
While still endures this infamy of woe.
My one sole bliss is nor to see nor feel:
So, wake me not; and, lest you should, speak low.'
""`Roses crimson, roses white"" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Remembers a 'date which will live in infamy .
VETERAN REMEMBERS DAY OF INFAMY .
On Pearl Harbor Day, lessons of infamy and unity.
7, 1941 lives forever in infamy .
'Day of Infamy ' recalled in Pearl Harbor Day honors in Sebastian.
US remembers a 'date which will live in infamy '.
A day that will live in infamy .
'Copycat strangler' brought infamy to recently demolished Shangri-La Motel in Bellingham.
Umpire's call will live in Braves infamy .
A new day of infamy .
Andre Parker's wrong-way run to infamy (Video).
Reality show and plastic surgery infamy like a 'lifelong sentence'.
Former reality star Heidi Montag says her persona on MTV's "The Hills" and the infamy she earned from getting ten plastic surgery procedures in one day have made her a prisoner to her fame.
Roosevelt's 'Day of Infamy ' Speech.
Books Slideshow: Social Media Infamy : 10 Tips for Avoiding Very Public Mis.
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