infamous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj infamous known widely and usually unfavorably; "a notorious gangster","the tenderloin district was notorious for vice","the infamous Benedict Arnold"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The infamous "Red Baron" was German World War I pilot Manfred von Richthofen.
    • Infamous (Law) Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime; as, at common law, an infamous person can not be a witness.
    • Infamous Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous to the last degree; as, an infamous act; infamous vices; infamous corruption.
    • Infamous Having a bad name as being the place where an odious crime was committed, or as being associated with something detestable; hence, unlucky; perilous; dangerous. "Infamous woods.""Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds.""The piny shade
      More infamous by cursed Lycaon made."
    • Infamous Of very bad report; having a reputation of the worst kind; held in abhorrence; guilty of something that exposes to infamy; base; notoriously vile; detestable; as, an infamous traitor; an infamous perjurer. "False errant knight, infamous , and forsworn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • infamous Of ill fame; famous or noted for badness of any kind; notoriously evil; of vile character or quality; odious; detestable: applied to persons or things.
    • infamous Involving or attributing infamy; branded, or that brands, with infamy: as, an infamous crime; infamous punishment.
    • infamous In the commonlaw rule of evidence disqualifying convicts to testify as witnesses or serve as jurors, an offense a conviction of which would at common law disqualify the person as a witness or juror, because creating a strong presumption against truthfulness; in general, an offense punishable in a state prison.
    • infamous In the constitutional provision that no one can be held to answer for an infamous offense without presentment or indictment by grand jury, a crime punishable capitally or by imprisonment in a state prison or penitentiary, with or without hard labor. In this sense restricted by some authorities to those offenses which involve falsehood and are calculated to affect injuriously the public administration of justice. Synonyms Wicked, Heinous, etc. (see atrocious); disgraceful, shameful, grossly dishonorable, nefarious, execrable, ignominious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Infamous in′fa-mus having a reputation of the worst kind: publicly branded with guilt: notoriously vile: disgraceful
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Quotations

  • Don Johnson
    Don Johnson
    “Once you become famous, there is nothing left to become but infamous.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + famous,: cf. L. infamis,. See Infamy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. in, not, fama, fame.

Usage

In literature:

The ascendency of a wicked woman over this luxurious monarch has made her infamous.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
Such is this infamous struggle!
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
And though this infamous traffic be continued, we have no security for the property of that kind which we have already.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
And though this infamous traffic be continued, we have no security for the property of that kind which we have already.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
A statement about a man may be infamously untrue, but it is read calmly.
"All Things Considered" by G. K. Chesterton
I am one of those People who by the general Opinion of the World are counted both Infamous and Unhappy.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
He protested loudly against this infamous course.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
Scandalous, infamous, that this rare and delicate creature should be defenceless against commercial brutes!
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
He had behaved infamously to Ruth; so much could not be denied.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
The whole history of the operations of the British law courts in Ireland contains nothing more infamous than the record of that trial.
"Speeches from the Dock, Part I" by Various
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In poetry:

For none of them are of her holy race,
Who pray not for her welfare and success,
But miscreant bastards, infamous, and base,
And enemies to Sion's happiness.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
ASTOLFO. Though 'tis true I owe the debt,
Still 'tis needful to consider
That she knows not who she is;
It were infamous, a stigma
On my name to wed a woman . . . .
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And Chivalry flies from the infamous Hun,
And liberty bleeds at the sound of his gun;
And Freedom and Justice are crushed in the dust
By bloodhounds of slaughter, and Hellhounds of lust.
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson
A COUNSELLOR (DIETHER VON WERTHER).
Fit silence welcomes this unheard-of wrong!
So! Ye are men--free, upright, honest men,
Not hired assassins? I half doubted it,
Seeing you lend these infamous words your ears.
"The Dance To Death. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
Sometimes I am glimpsed by poets
Whose eyes have not been blinded
By the hell-bright lamps of cities,
Who have not sent their souls
To be devoured by robot minotaurs
In the infamous Labyrinths of steel and mortar.
"The Centaur" by Clark Ashton Smith
His wisdom men acknowledged; only one,
The creature, issue of him, Lycophron,
That rebel with his mother in his brows,
Contested: such an infamous would foul
Pirene! Little heed where he might house
The prince gave, hearing: so the fox, the owl!
"Periander" by George Meredith

In news:

Over the course of its eight year run, 'The Cosby Show' became just as known for its fashions (such as the infamous Cosby sweaters) as for its heartwarming comedy.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports more than 150 law officers from half a dozen local, state and federal agencies using armored vehicles and helicopters raided a house in Henderson and arrested 11 members of the infamous Crips drug gangs.
After its Sundance premiere, Compliance might be infamous as the film that inspired a woman to cry out, "Rape is not entertainment".
Sacha Baron Cohen's most infamous characters were designed to inflict maximum discomfort on audiences and unsuspecting participants alike.
Infamously Rude Weiner Circle Gets Taste of Their Own Medicine: Conan Style.
Could the most infamous and horrific crime of its time, and one of the most notorious cold cases in history, have been committed by a woman.
Was Jack the Ripper , the infamous British serial killer, really a woman.
Hip-hop producer Infamous produced a song for The Game's most recent mixtape -- the only problem is he claims never got paid for it this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
The complete genome of the pathogen that caused the infamous Irish potato famine and the recent loss of potato and tomato crops in the eastern United States has been sequenced.
Simpson story is merely the opposite side of the coin to the now-infamous Phoenix Suns sex party.
" Starvation Heights" author Gregg Olsen will lead a tour of the infamous Olalla site to raise funds for Kitsap County libraries.
The infamous Wayne Hunter era is officially over in New York.
Residents of Berkeley's Elmwood neighborhood already know there's nothing like the one-two combo of the Sunday Times and an Infamous Twist at Nabolom Bakery.
Joe Arpaio Owned by the Infamous Duke St Rollins.
Infamous Victoria financial adviser Ian Thow granted parole.
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In science:

This corresponds to the infamous bias introduced in warped tilted ring models by so-called streaming motions, in this case horizontal m = 2 perturbed velocities.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Here we omit the infamous higher order contact terms.
Open+Closed String Field Theory From Gauge Fields
The message of this remark is that (infamous) upper tail bounds concerning multilinear Boolean polynomials that can be obtained using Bernstein inequalities for stopped martingales can be recovered using the moment inequalities stated in the present paper.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
This is most commonly expressed in the infamous information loss paradox according to which information falling into the singularity implies a non-unitary quantum evolution and thus presumably fundamental limitations to knowledge .
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
At the field theory level, this intertwining of UV and IR leads to the infamous phenomenon of UV/IR mixing in the non-planar Feynman diagrams: nonplanar diagrams are regulated in the UV but diverge in the IR.
Noncommutativity from the string perspective: modification of gravity at a mm without mm sized extra dimensions
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