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
Facebook and Twitter spread the news, with images of clashes between police and protesters, and the movement grew in numbers and notoriety.
Each of them generated a fair amount of notoriety recently for their commencement speeches to various assemblages of the Class of 2017.
Bregoli’s notoriety has been meteoric, if befuddling for many.
The collection highlighted the wonderful paradox in gays and lesbians achieving celebrity, rather than notoriety, merely because their public lifestyle was intended as entertainment and performance.
What to see Recently a piece of Charotte’s public art art collection received international notoriety in London’s Telegraph Newspaper online.
Trump had already gained notoriety for his handshake, a vigorous tug that has caught some world leaders off guard.
But there’s a fine line between achieving notoriety and having to measure up to other people’s ideals.
The notoriety helped make the German hacker-turned- executive behind FinFisher a rock star of the ISS circuit.
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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 1650
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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