infamous vs notorious : Common Errors in English

About infamous vs notorious

“Infamous” means famous in a bad way. It is related to the word “infamy.” Humorists have for a couple of centuries jokingly used the word in a positive sense, but the effectiveness of the joke depends on the listener knowing that this is a misuse of the term. Because this is a very old joke indeed you should stick to using “infamous” only of people like Hitler and Billy the Kid. “” means the same thing as “infamous” and should also only be used in a negative sense.

infamous Meaning(s)

  • (s) known widely and usually unfavorably

notorious Meaning(s)

  • (s) known widely and usually unfavorably

infamous in News


    ?11 JUN 2013 Wreck shop and light up the city of Seattle as Infamous returns to PlayStation. Don't have IGN Prime? Join Today! Get access to these videos:
    on June 12, 2013 Source: IGN Guides


    ?10 JUN 2013 Infamous Second Son is going to blow you away. Don't have IGN Prime? Join Today! Get access to these videos:
    on June 11, 2013 Source: IGN Guides

  3. Infamous: Second Son coming to PS4 in Q1 2014 [Update]

    Update: A press release from Sony clarifies that Infamous: Second Son won't be available on launch day, but rather prior to March 31, 2014 in the first quarter of next year. Original: Sony has confirmed that Infamous: Second Son - the third title in the open-world series from developer Sucker Punch - will be available when the PlayStation 4 launches later this year. The release window was ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Joystiq

notorious in News

  1. Photos: American gangsters

    James "Whitey" Bulger rose to the top of the notorious Winter Hill gang, prosecutors say, before he went into hiding for more than 16 years after a crooked FBI agent told him in December 1994 he was about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. 'Whitey' Bulger Was Never an FBI Snitch Because He's Irish, Says His Lawyer

    The trial for notorious Boston criminal mastermind James "Whitey" Bulger started Wednesday with his attorneys admitting in opening statements that the gangster made millions of dollars through gambling and drugs and paid off corrupt law enforcement officials, but they argued Bulger was never an informant for the FBI.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. Notorious serial killer 'Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez dead at 53

    Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died early Friday in a hospital, a state official said. Ramirez, 53, "passed away this morning," San Quentin State Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson told The Associated Press. No other details were released.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Eyewitness News Bakersfield

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