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[noh-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-, nuh-]
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  1. widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
  2. publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.
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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
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Related Words for notoriousness

ballyhoo, celebrity, dishonor, disrepute, fame, flak, infamy, name, obloquy, opprobrium, renown, rep, scandal, splash, spotlight, wise, ink

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Historical Examples of notoriousness

  • Neither can this notoriousness be alleged against her undefended.

    The Old Yellow Book


  • His actions are strong encounters, and for their notoriousness always upon record.

  • And the notoriousness and ridiculousness of this error, will tempt the profane to make religious people a scorn.

    A Christian Directory

    Baxter Richard

British Dictionary definitions for notoriousness


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