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[noh-tuh-rahy-i-tee] /ˌnoʊ təˈraɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural notorieties.
the state, quality, or character of being notorious or widely known:
a craze for notoriety.
Chiefly British. a notorious or celebrated person.
Origin of notoriety
1585-95; < Medieval Latin nōtōrietās, equivalent to nōtōri(us) notorious + -etās, variant (after -i-) of -ity
1. disrepute, ill-repute, shame, infamy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Tawell was executed, and the notoriety of the case brought the telegraph into repute.

  • His notoriety was new enough and narrow enough to please him still.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • And yet Audrey's notoriety had won her more friends than she had ever had before.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • The notoriety attending the killing of Matt Hall had not been good for Reid.

  • Both celebrity and notoriety are distinctions to be shunned.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
Word Origin and History for notoriety

1590s, from Middle French notoriété or directly from Medieval Latin notorietatem (nominative notorietas), from notorius "well-known" (see notorious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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