notoriety


no·to·ri·e·ty

noun \ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē\

: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious

plural no·to·ri·e·ties

Full Definition of NOTORIETY

1
:  the quality or state of being notorious
2
:  a notorious person

Examples of NOTORIETY

  1. He achieved instant fame and notoriety with the release of his film.
  2. She gained notoriety when nude photographs of her appeared in a magazine.
  3. His comment about the President has given him a notoriety that he enjoys very much.

Origin of NOTORIETY

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French notorieté, from Medieval Latin notorietat-, notorietas, from notorius
First Known Use: circa 1650

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