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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. 2017.
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  • She objects to the--the--well, the notoriety of the thing, you know.

    Nedra George Barr McCutcheon
  • For the sake of notoriety she is willing to have the truth told about her age.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • A bid for popularity, for notoriety: with its consequent financial kudos.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • This pretty story did not mitigate the notoriety which was an ingredient of her pain.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Jim offered any bribery that might suffice, but ahead of him went his notoriety.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
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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