Definition of notoriety
1 : the quality or state of being notorious <the city's notoriety for corrupt and incompetent government — R. E. Merriam>
2 : a notorious person <love to have notabilities and notorieties under one roof — The Times Literary Supplement (London)>
Examples of notoriety in a sentence
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 and Etymology of notoriety
Medieval French or Medieval Latin; Medieval French notorieté, from Medieval Latin notorietat-, notorietas, from notorius
First Known Use: circa 1650
NOTORIETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of notoriety for English Language Learners
: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious
NOTORIETY Defined for Kids
Definition of notoriety for Students
: the state of being widely known especially for some bad characteristic <He gained notoriety with the film.>
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