infamy

[ in-fuh-mee ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act

Origin + Etymology

from Latin infāmia, equivalent to infām(is) “ill-famed” (in + fām(a)fame + -is adjective suffix) + -ia-

Synonyms

  • notoriety
  • opprobrium

Antonyms

  • esteem
  • goodness
  • honor
  • respect
  • dignity
  • innocence

Example

December 7, 1941, is a date that will live in infamy.

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