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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Manning and Tyree received most of the notoriety after the timeless NFL highlight. Tyler Dragon,, "Reflecting back on Jared Lorenzen's NFL career with the New York Giants," 9 July 2019 His instant prominence–or, rather, notoriety—got him hired to write criticism for the popular, right-wing-leaning weekly Arts Spectacles. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Truffaut Essays That Clear Up Misguided Notions of Auteurism," 8 June 2019 As Chicago’s crime rates live up to their national notoriety, a closer look at the problem reveals an alarming number of minors are being shot or killed in the crossfire. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Chicago's children caught in the crossfire: Alarming number of minors shot or killed in violence-plagued city," 31 Aug. 2018 Chabot gained notoriety at a Republican banquet before last year’s election by thanking the Ohio General Assembly for putting Warren County into his district. Scott Wartman,, "Rep. Steve Chabot doesn't think he'll lose Warren County; gerrymandering ruling no worry," 7 June 2019 Aside from Avenatti’s notoriety, the Guatemalan boy’s case falls into the same legal situation as hundreds of children who were taken from their parents, only to have their parents removed without them. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ lawyer appears in Houston immigration court," 14 Aug. 2018 In response, Parkland survivors are speaking out about the way the video is retraumatizing them and increasing the shooter’s notoriety. Nadja Sayej, Teen Vogue, "Parkland Survivors Want the Media to Stop Focusing on the Shooter," 31 May 2018 Meanwhile, some of the period’s militants have gone from notoriety to respectability, including Dany Cohn-Bendit, a Franco-German former member of the European Parliament, and Joschka Fischer, a German former foreign minister. The Economist, "1968 was no mere year," 5 Apr. 2018 The history of this particular feud goes back decades—with both patterns gaining notoriety thanks to iconic hotels on opposite sides of the country. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Biggest Feud in Interior Design," 22 Mar. 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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