Origin of notorious
Examples from the Web for notorious
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
Word Origin for notorious
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.