[noh-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-, nuh-]


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

1540–50; < Medieval Latin nōtōrius evident, equivalent to nō(scere) to get to know (see notify) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsno·to·ri·ous·ly, adverbno·to·ri·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedfamous infamous notorious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for notoriously

notably, infamously, spectacularly, especially

Examples from the Web for notoriously

Contemporary Examples of notoriously

Historical Examples of notoriously

  • Notoriously, he observed, the mileage of members was scandalously small.

  • It seems that he is notoriously violent and jealous, and thoroughly unscrupulous.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The breed of the Carthusian horses of Xeres was notoriously the best in Europe.

  • And lawyers are notoriously unable to observe the law, just as actors are notoriously unable to act.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • If she had been notoriously of an altruistic and free-handed disposition, he could have understood it.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for notoriously



well-known for some bad or unfavourable quality, deed, etc; infamous
rare generally known or widely acknowledged
Derived Formsnotoriety (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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Word Origin and History for notoriously



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.

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