Misused Words

Famous and Infamous

Famous, an adjective, means very well known for good.

Evil Knievel was famous for his motorcycle jumps.

Infamous, an adjective, means very well known for evil.

Adolf Hitler was infamous for his treatment of the Jews during World War II.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Edmund Hillary was (famous, infamous) for being the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

(2) Jack the Ripper was the (famous, infamous) serial killer in London in 1888.

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