notorious

[ noh-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-, nuh- ]
/ noʊˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-, nə- /

adjective

widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.

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Origin of notorious

First recorded in 1540–50; from Medieval Latin nōtōrius “well known, public,” from Late Latin nōtōria “a notice, news, intelligence” and nōtōrium “indictment, (criminal) charge,” equivalent to nō(scere) “to get to know” + -tōrius adjective suffix; see notify, -tory1

OTHER WORDS FROM notorious

no·to·ri·ous·ly, adverbno·to·ri·ous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH notorious

famous, infamous, notorious .
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British Dictionary definitions for notorious

notorious
/ (nəʊˈtɔːrɪəs) /

adjective

well-known for some bad or unfavourable quality, deed, etc; infamous
rare generally known or widely acknowledged

Derived forms of notorious

notoriety (ˌnəʊtəˈraɪɪtɪ) or notoriousness, nounnotoriously, adverb

Word Origin for notorious

C16: from Medieval Latin notōrius well-known, from nōtus known, from noscere to know
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