notoriety

noun
no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē \
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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Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business, has died, Fox News has learned. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018 As Deciem’s sub-brand The Ordinary gains popularity for its $9 acids, its founder gains notoriety for his incendiary and even offensive Instagram presence. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Deciem’s Brandon Truaxe: the world’s most controversial beauty CEO, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 The cell gained notoriety for the beheadings of Mr. Foley, of Steven Sotloff, an American-Israeli journalist, and U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. Will Horner, WSJ, "Giving Intelligence on Islamic State to U.S., U.K. Stirs Death Penalty Debate," 24 July 2018 But lately he's gained notoriety for his envelopes alone. CBS News, "Pushing the envelope? Kim Jong Un's massive letter to Trump," 2 June 2018 All of this notoriety caught the attention of Barbara Walters, who invited Joy to be on the original cast of her show in 1997. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'The View' Star Joy Behar Doesn't Use Her Real Name," 29 Nov. 2018 Think of the kind of notoriety that would bring today. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Hamilton gained some notoriety when Penn State played Pitt in 2016. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Perfect receiver for Carolina Panthers exists in NFL draft ... in the middle rounds | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has said the cellphone videos were an attempt to gain notoriety. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Trial to begin over deadly attack on Maryland police station," 23 Oct. 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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notoriety

noun

English Language Learners Definition of notoriety

: the condition of being famous or well-known especially for something bad : the state of being notorious

notoriety

noun
no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē \

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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