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
The state gained a particularly dark brand of notoriety when a 2014 Department of Justice report detailed the state’s troubling statistics regarding rape and subsequent convictions.
In was during that period that his impassioned statements for help following the storm earned him national notoriety.
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.
When the Watergate made its splashy return last summer, the main story in most publications including this one was how the new co-owners, Rakel and Jacques Cohen, leaned in to its historical notoriety with winky gestures.
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.
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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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