notoriety

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noun no·to·ri·e·ty \ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē\

Definition of notoriety

plural

notorieties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being notorious the city's notoriety for corrupt and incompetent government — R. E. Merriam

  2. 2 :  a notorious person love to have notabilities and notorieties under one roof — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Examples of notoriety in a Sentence

  1. He achieved instant fame and notoriety with the release of his film.

  2. She gained notoriety when nude photographs of her appeared in a magazine.

  3. His comment about the President has given him a notoriety that he enjoys very much.

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Origin and Etymology of notoriety

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


NOTORIETY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

notoriety

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noun no·to·ri·e·ty \ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē\

Definition of notoriety for Students

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



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