- widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
- publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.
Origin of notorious
Examples from the Web for notoriousness
Neither can this notoriousness be alleged against her undefended.The Old Yellow Book
His actions are strong encounters, and for their notoriousness always upon record.
And the notoriousness and ridiculousness of this error, will tempt the profane to make religious people a scorn.A Christian Directory
- well-known for some bad or unfavourable quality, deed, etc; infamous
- rare generally known or widely acknowledged
Word Origin and History for notoriousness
1540s, "publicly known," from Medieval Latin notorius "well-known, commonly known," from Latin notus "known," past participle of noscere "come to know" (see know). Negative connotation arose 17c. from frequent association with derogatory nouns. Related: Notoriously.