Simple Definition of notoriety
: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious
Full Definition of notoriety
1 : the quality or state of being notorious
2 : a notorious person
Examples of notoriety
He achieved instant fame and notoriety with the release of his film.
She gained notoriety when nude photographs of her appeared in a magazine.
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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