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


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

Nearby words

  1. noto-,
  2. notochord,
  3. notogaea,
  4. notogaean,
  5. notoriety,
  6. notoriously,
  7. notornis,
  8. nototherium,
  9. notoungulate,
  10. notour

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

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British Dictionary definitions for notoriousness


/ (nəʊˈtɔːrɪəs) /


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 notoriousness



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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