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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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 Ali first gained notoriety after appearing on The Glee Project 2 back in 2012 and eventually appearing on Glee as a guest star. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ali Stroker on "Oklahoma!" and Bringing Disability Representation to Another Iconic Musical," 6 Aug. 2018 Dolehide, who attended Hinsdale Central before being home-schooled, has gained notoriety through her play as a young pro. Bob Narang,, "Q&A: Caroline Dolehide, who recently made her French Open debut," 4 June 2018 Model and actress Jasmine Sanders may have gained notoriety on Instagram as [@GoldenBarbie]( but her talents have continued to land her on much bigger platforms. Jeff Sutera, Teen Vogue, "Jasmine Sanders Wears H&M to Met Gala 2018," 8 May 2018 The group first gained international notoriety as a result of the Sony Pictures hack that resulted in the leak of the film The Interview, a comedy set in North Korea. Jon Porter, The Verge, "North Korea-linked hackers stole tens of millions from ATMs across the world," 8 Nov. 2018 In line with this perspective, Mulye took a moment to defend Martin Shkreli, who gained notoriety for buying exclusive rights to another decades-old drug and ruthlessly raised its price by more than 5,000 percent virtually overnight. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pharma CEO jacks drug price 400%, citing “moral requirement to make money”," 11 Sep. 2018 The allegation that a tape exists of President Trump saying the n-word began as a baseless claim put forward by a former White House aide with credibility problems and a pretty unquenchable taste for notoriety. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Primaries in four states test limits of Dem surge," 14 Aug. 2018 Her work gained international notoriety when it was profiled in TeenVogue. Munachim Amah And Meron Moges-gerbi, CNN, "Inside Nigeria's hyperrealist art scene," 6 Apr. 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 \

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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