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This or That?

‘famous’ or ‘notorious’?

The adjective famous means honored for achievement. To describe those who do evil attention-getting things, we have the words infamous or notorious.

The word infamous expresses the idea that the person or incident described is one of a vicious, contemptible, or criminal nature.

Notorious means widely and unfavorably known.

So think twice before you say ‘famous criminal’ next time.

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