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Origin of notorious
OTHER WORDS FROM notoriousno·to·ri·ous·ly, adverbno·to·ri·ous·ness, noun
Words nearby notorious
What does notorious mean?
Notorious most commonly means famous or well-known for a negative reason.
The word is especially used to describe people who are widely known and viewed unfavorably for their actions, such as notorious criminals. It can also be applied to events, as in a notorious scandal.
This sense of notorious is often used interchangeably with the word infamous. Strictly speaking, infamous means having, deserving, or resulting in a bad or evil reputation, while notorious usually implies that a person is both famous and disliked. Still, they usually mean just about the same thing.
Notorious can also mean known for a particular trait or action, not necessarily a bad one. For example, you might be notorious for wearing the same outfit every Friday, or your aunt might be notorious for arriving late to family events.
The state or quality of being notorious is notoriety.
Example: The island prison known as Alcatraz was known for holding some of America’s most notorious criminals.
Where does notorious come from?
The first records of the word notorious come from the mid-1500s. It comes from the Medieval Latin word nōtōrius, meaning “well-known” or “public,” from the Late Latin nōtōria, meaning “news” or “a notice,” and nōtōrium, “a criminal charge.” It’s ultimately rooted in the Latin verb nōscere, “to know.”
Notorious people are known for something specific, and it’s usually not something good. Often, the worse the thing is, the more notorious the person is. That’s why the word is most closely associated with violent criminals whose crimes are widely known.
Still, the word isn’t always used in a completely negative way. Among the people who know you, you can be notorious for something neutral or something that’s only slightly bad, like being notorious for pulling pranks or not washing your dishes.
In popular culture, notorious is known for its use in the stage name of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), which later inspired a nickname for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg based on her initials: The Notorious R.B.G.
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What are some other forms related to notorious?
- notoriously (adverb)
- notoriousness (noun)
- notoriety (noun)
What are some synonyms for notorious?
What are some words that share a root or word element with notorious?
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How is notorious used in real life?
Notorious is most commonly used in a negative way, but it can also be used to describe someone as well-known for a particular trait, not necessarily a bad one.
The Federal prison on Alcatraz Island closed on this day in 1963. For two decades, Alcatraz was used to house some of America's most notorious criminals, including Al Capone, George R "Machine Gun" Kelly and Alvin Karpis. https://t.co/bVmP0RE6sy pic.twitter.com/i0dhhvITIh
— NYT Archives (@NYTArchives) March 21, 2018
Two very different candidates – one a low-key public servant, one a businessman-turned-congressman (notorious for assaulting a reporter) – want to be Montana's governor. I wrote about the only tossup governor's race in the US and politics in the Trump era. https://t.co/OyrEhmo0Zr
— Kathleen McLaughlin (@kemc) October 19, 2020
When two different managers text to see if you're awake for an 8 AM meeting because you're notorious for oversleeping
— Kylie Kall (@kyliekall) May 19, 2017
Try using notorious!
True or False?
Notorious can be used interchangeably with the word infamous.
Example sentences from the Web for notorious
Sure, it may sound a bit like the notorious entitlement expressed by gamers over things like microtransactions, exclusivity agreements and so on.Nintendo rips the seal off the next generation of nostalgia, but fans fret|Devin Coldewey|September 3, 2020|TechCrunch
Especially attention-grabbing among Irvine’s findings has been the lab’s contribution to fluid dynamics, an area that has been notorious for painfully slow progress, in part because of the difficulty of collecting good data.An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence|David H. Freedman|September 3, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The messages had all led to websites that researchers say were set up as lures to infect visitors’ devices with Pegasus, the most notorious spyware in the world.
While there is rarely a dataset that doesn’t suffer from some methodological dirtiness, definitional quirks, or collection bias, this data has already become notorious for its failings.
The most notorious states are Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where death is an acceptable legal remedy.
According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.
I was there to track down the family of one of the most notorious defectors in Cuban history.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turns out, this is the second notorious crook to come from this small town.
The party sequence in Notorious begins with a wide shot from high above the top of the stairs, all glittering expanse below.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We now come to the era of Kiwi Tamaki, the last, and undoubtedly the most notorious, of the olden Tamaki chiefs.The City of Auckland|John Barr
Among others converted by it was a young man, a notorious drunkard.George Muller of Bristol|Arthur T. Pierson
At first the notorious Abb Sieys had been chosen a member of the executive.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
If he is a notorious spendthrift they outlaw him by means of a writ presented to the magistrate.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
Being a notorious crazy man, and very savagely mauled, they did not hang him.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird