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 in a sentence
The coach is notorious for his violent outbursts.
<a notorious mastermind of terrorist activities>
Did You Know?
Notorious was adopted into English in the 16th century from Medieval Latin notorius, itself from Late Latin's noun notorium, meaning "information" or "indictment." "Notorium," in turn, derives from the Latin verb noscere, meaning "to come to know." Although "notorious" can be a synonym of "famous," meaning simply "widely known," it long ago developed the additional implication of someone or something unpleasant or undesirable. The Book of Common Prayer Offices of 1549 includes the first known use of the unfavorable meaning in print, referring to "notorious synners."
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 for Students
: widely known especially for some bad characteristic <… he caught the villain, who turned out to be a very notorious criminal. — Robert McClosky, Homer Price>
Legal Definition of notorious
: generally known and talked of <adverse possession created by open, continuous, notorious, and adverse use>
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