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Recently, I saw someone use infamous when they meant famous. Here’s the difference between the two.
To be famous is to be widely known. Movie stars are famous. Certain world leaders are famous. Professional athletes are famous.
Something can also be famous because of something they do. For example, a local restaurant might be famous for their pizzas baked in wood fired ovens.
Infamous also has to do with being well known. The difference, however, is that infamous has a negative connotation. Convicted serial killers would be infamous. Outlaws would be infamous. War criminals would be infamous.
Consider these two examples:
- Meryl Streep, a famous actor, has received more oscar nominations than any other actor.
- Billy the Kid was an infamous outlaw, who killed 8 people, escaped prison, and rustled cattle.
Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.
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