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Notorious vs. Infamous

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  • Notorious (adjective)

    Widely known, especially for something negative; infamous.

  • Infamous (adjective)

    Having a bad reputation, disreputable; notoriously bad, unpleasant or evil; widely known, especially for something bad.

    "He was an infamous traitor."

    "He was an infamous perjurer."

  • Infamous (adjective)

    Causing infamy; disgraceful.

    "This infamous deed tarnishes all involved."

  • Infamous (adjective)

    Subject to a judicial punishment that deprived the infamous person of certain rights; this included a prohibition against holding public office, exercising the franchise, receiving a public pension, serving on a jury, or giving testimony in a court of law.

Wiktionary
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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Notorious (adjective)

    Generally known and talked of by the public; universally believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; - usually in an unfavorable sense; as, a notorious thief; a notorious crime or vice.

  • Infamous (adjective)

    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.

  • Infamous (adjective)

    Causing or producing infamy; deserving detestation; scandalous to the last degree; as, an infamous act; infamous vices; infamous corruption.

  • Infamous (adjective)

    Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime; as, at common law, an infamous person can not be a witness.

  • Infamous (adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Notorious (adjective)

    having an exceedingly bad reputation;

    "a notorious gangster"

    "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"

  • Infamous (adjective)

    having an exceedingly bad reputation;

    "a notorious gangster"

    "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"

Princeton's WordNet

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