- 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
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Examples from the Web for notoriety
Scalise was a state representative old enough to remember the notoriety of Farrell and Knight from years before.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Whether they win or lose, contestants can be assured of one thing: notoriety as a sex worker.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
November 22, 2014
Fueled by atrocity and a blitzkrieg of gains in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has enjoyed a meteoric climb to notoriety.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
After Crimea was occupied, Babay moved to eastern Ukraine, where his peculiar appearance quickly earned him notoriety.The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops
May 22, 2014
Tawell was executed, and the notoriety of the case brought the telegraph into repute.Heroes of the Telegraph
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
The notoriety attending the killing of Matt Hall had not been good for Reid.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
Both celebrity and notoriety are distinctions to be shunned.Mixed Faces
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).