Simple Definition of notorious
: well-known or famous especially for something bad
Full Definition of notorious
: generally known and talked of; especially : widely and unfavorably known
Examples of notorious
The coach is notorious for his violent outbursts.
<a notorious mastermind of terrorist activities>
Origin of notorious
Medieval Latin notorius, from Late Latin notorium information, indictment, from Latin noscere to come to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1534
Synonym Discussion of notorious
NOTORIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of notorious
: widely known especially for some bad characteristic <… he caught the villain, who turned out to be a very notorious criminal. — Robert McClosky, Homer Price>
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