no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce notoriety (audio) \
plural notorieties

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 roofThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

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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.
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In 2015, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey gained notoriety for being the first woman to take the stage at an Apple event in recent memory. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "More women and people of color took the stage at Apple’s big event. Was it enough?," 11 Sep. 2019 The outburst was intended for 10-year-old fraternal quadruplet brothers, who have achieved notoriety for posting music to their ZN8tion Instagram account, which boasts over 143,000 followers. People Staff,, "Cardi B Slams 10-Year-Olds for Diss Track: 'Not Gonna Let No Little F—ing White Boys Come at Me'," 4 Sep. 2019 Hutchins, a cybersecurity researcher who gained notoriety for stopping the destructive worldwide virus WannaCry before being arrested after Def Con in Vegas in 2017, won't face additional prison time, a judge ruled last month. Donie O'sullivan And Kevin Collier, CNN, "Lawmakers descend on Vegas as election security looms," 8 Aug. 2019 Jimenez started the conference in 2016 after gaining national notoriety for praising the mass shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Los Angeles Times, "Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California’s Capitol," 2 Aug. 2019 Two independent sources with knowledge of campaign discussions say state Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, is being groomed for a possible bid against the congressman, who has gained notoriety for opposing bipartisan measures big and small. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "National Republicans may be maneuvering to unseat Kentucky's conservative darling, Massie," 3 July 2019 Lilly gained notoriety for his experimentation with neuroscience and drugs as a means of studying human consciousness, as well as with his controversial attempt to strengthen communication between humans and dolphins. Tyra Mcclung,, "Afloat In Avon: Wellness Therapy Promotes Relaxation, Relieves Sports Injuries," 2 July 2019 This leads to the suspects behind Monday’s crackdown: the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary headed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, who gained notoriety for leading the Janjaweed militia in the Darfur conflict. Patrick Dehahn, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s future remains contested after more than 100 are killed in attacks on protests," 6 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter The plight of the Rohingyas has gained notoriety, though with compassion for refugees at an international ebb, they could be stuck in the camps for years. The Economist, "A Chinese development scheme complicates Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of notoriety

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notoriety

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French notorieté, from Medieval Latin notorietat-, notorietas, from notorius

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English Language Learners Definition of notoriety

: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious


no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce notoriety (audio) \

Kids Definition of notoriety

: the state of being widely known especially for some bad characteristic He gained notoriety with the film.

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