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.
Recent Examples of notoriety from the Web
Still, his notoriety slowed the pace of the first day of jury selection in federal court in downtown Brooklyn.
The film gained notoriety for its explicit and raw depiction of lesbian sexuality, and has been criticized for the fact that it was directed by a straight, white man.
In a July 2016 interview on the travel podcast Counting Countries, Johnson boasted of gaining notoriety after once stepping off a moving North Korean train while drunk on soju.
Zayn Malik may be a beloved pop star and one half of the infamous ZiGi, but his notoriety hasn't protected him from seeming Islamophobia.
King and his staff also had to cope with brief worldwide notoriety when Irish singer Sinead O'Connor went missing before returning to her then-residence in May 2016.
Facebook and Twitter spread the news, with images of clashes between police and protesters, and the movement grew in numbers and notoriety.
Each of them generated a fair amount of notoriety recently for their commencement speeches to various assemblages of the Class of 2017.
Bregoli’s notoriety has been meteoric, if befuddling for many.
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Origin and Etymology of notoriety
Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French notorieté, from Medieval Latin notorietat-, notorietas, from notorius
First Known Use: circa 1650See Words from the same year
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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