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Definition famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
  • Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
infamy = famous for something bad
  • ...a date which will live in infamy
  • infamy = famous for something bad
  • He bears no letter of infamy wrought into his garment, as thou dost, but I shall read it on his heart.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = public knowledge of having done something bad
  • "Yes," said Collective 0-0009, "we have much to say to a wretch who have broken all the laws and who boast of their infamy!"
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • infamy = extremely bad act
  • One night as I sat, half stupified, in a den of more than infamy, my attention was suddenly drawn to...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • infamy = bad reputation (famous for something that is bad)
  • But there stood one in the midst of you, at whose brand of sin and infamy ye have not shuddered!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Would you bring infamy on your sacred profession?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • was human to avoid the peril of death and infamy,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • Infamy was babbling around her in the public market-place.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for something bad
  • And over her grave, the infamy that she must carry thither would be her only monument.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for 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."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = fame for 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = well-known 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • infamy = public knowledge of having done 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The poet did as she bade him, and left her without a shred of reputation, and she was satisfied by getting fame though it was infamy.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • Let them come and take the money, and he would know then to what depths of infamy it was possible for men to descend.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "If I were suspicious," I replied, '" should have discovered your infamy long before."
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • And I do not live in broad infamy, nor hide from righteous pursuers or seekers of the truth.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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