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infamy
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
  • He bears no letter of infamy wrought into his garment, as thou dost, but I shall read it on his heart.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (80% in)
infamy = public knowledge of having done something bad
  • On the other hand, a penalty which, in our days, would infer a degree of mocking infamy and ridicule, might then be invested with almost as stern a dignity as the punishment of death itself.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (9% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Such an interview, perhaps, would have been more terrible than even to meet him as she now did, with the hot mid-day sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame; with the scarlet token of infamy on her breast; with the sin-born infant in her arms; with a whole people, drawn forth as to a festival, staring at the features that should have been seen only in the quiet gleam of the fireside, in the happy shadow of a home, or beneath a matronly veil at church.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (37% in)
  • infamy = public knowledge of having done something bad
  • "Hester," said he, "I ask not wherefore, nor how thou hast fallen into the pit, or say, rather, thou hast ascended to the pedestal of infamy on which I found thee."
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (53% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Perhaps there was a more real torture in her first unattended footsteps from the threshold of the prison than even in the procession and spectacle that have been described, where she was made the common infamy, at which all mankind was summoned to point its finger.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (3% in)
  • infamy = well-known for something bad
  • And over her grave, the infamy that she must carry thither would be her only monument.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (12% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Sometimes the red infamy upon her breast would give a sympathetic throb, as she passed near a venerable minister or magistrate, the model of piety and justice, to whom that age of antique reverence looked up, as to a mortal man in fellowship with angels.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (90% in)
  • Infamy was babbling around her in the public market-place.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (3% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Then, also, the blameless purity of her life during all these years in which she had been set apart to infamy was reckoned largely in her favour.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (17% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • ...it was human to avoid the peril of death and infamy,
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (25% in)
  • Would you bring infamy on your sacred profession?
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (53% in)
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • But there stood one in the midst of you, at whose brand of sin and infamy ye have not shuddered!
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (76% in)
infamy = fame for something bad
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