notoriety

noun no·to·ri·e·ty \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of notoriety

plural notorieties
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

  1. He achieved instant fame and notoriety with the release of his film.

  2. She gained notoriety when nude photographs of her appeared in a magazine.

  3. His comment about the President has given him a notoriety that he enjoys very much.

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Origin and Etymology of notoriety

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French notorieté, from Medieval Latin notorietat-, notorietas, from notorius


NOTORIETY Defined for English Language Learners

notoriety

noun

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

notoriety

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

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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