notorious

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no·to·ri·ous

adjective \nō-ˈtr-ē-əs, nə-\

: 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

  1. The coach is notorious for his violent outbursts.
  2. <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

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