Definition of notoriety
- the city's notoriety for corrupt and incompetent government
- —R. E. Merriam
- love to have notabilities and notorieties under one roof
- —The Times Literary Supplement (London)
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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First Known Use: circa 1650See Words from the same year
: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious
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