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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Recent Examples on the Web The startup’s business, and its notoriety, soared in 2018 as the DMV struggled to deal with crowds applying for Real ID driver’s licenses that will be required to board domestic flights in October. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Oakland company suspends express DMV appointments after Chronicle report," 31 Jan. 2020 Murray has long used his notoriety as a marketing ploy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Charles Murray Is Never Going Away," 28 Jan. 2020 Meghan Markle may be stepping back from her official royal duties, but the Duchess of Sussex is still dedicated to using her notoriety for good. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle May Have Recycled Some of Her 'Suits' Wardrobe in Canada This Week," 18 Jan. 2020 Slaveholders knew these Africans to be rebellious, and their notoriety has endured to this day. Vincent Brown, Time, "How One Man's Story Offers a New Way to Understand Slave Insurrection," 17 Jan. 2020 Now, Michael Hawse is using his newfound notoriety to raise money for pediatric cancer research. USA TODAY, "Purple haze, making the sausage, ‘Goodfellas’ tavern: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 Now, Michael Hawse is using his newfound notoriety to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "'That's not my business': UK student shuts down 'gun girl' on gender neutral bathrooms," 13 Jan. 2020 Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have attained notoriety for their parts in the Ukraine mess. Ilya Marritz, ProPublica, "How Parnas and Fruman’s Dodgy Donation Was Uncovered by Two People Using Google Translate," 5 Feb. 2020 Federal investigators said the gunman may have sought notoriety. Washington Post, "Sheriff: Almost all upgrades from Vegas shooting implemented," 31 Dec. 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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The first known use of notoriety was circa 1650

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Notoriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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