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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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 However, the notoriety was primarily on the West Coast. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s the future of basketball’: Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels has become one of the best in nation," 20 Feb. 2019 The notoriety brought Martinez a lot of attention, including a May 9 appearance on a Chicago television show at which he was presented with a key to the city of Aurora, and a proclamation declaring that day named in his honor in the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora honors hometown hero who saved stranger from burning car," 29 June 2018 The notoriety hasn't been easy for Becton at school. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "Bikini-clad McKinney, Texas teen who was tackled by police officer will finally get a pool party," 22 June 2018 The Chelyabinsk meteor gained notoriety in part due to its visibility. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Meteor Hit Earth With the Force of a Nuclear Bomb and We Hardly Even Noticed," 18 Mar. 2019 Both patrolmen gained notoriety last spring after posting their own spin on the #PoliceCarKaraoke Internet trend. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Sang With Police Officers at Her Concert and the Response Was So Powerful," 23 Feb. 2019 Nunes has made a name for himself as a Trump defender and as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a newfound notoriety that the analysts said could both hurt and help him. Seema Mehta,, "A fight between two Democrats over a voicemail is the latest sign of chaos in race to replace Ed Royce," 29 Apr. 2018 This led to instant notoriety and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who gave Whoopi her first silver screen break. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Whoopi Goldberg Battled Dyslexia and Drug Addiction Before Becoming a Movie Star," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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