no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce notoriety (audio) \
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)

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 on the Web Majewski -- who gained notoriety for painting a mural of Trump's face on his front yard -- attended the Jan. 6 rally preceding the insurrection and has been adjacent to QAnon conspiracies. Rick Klein, ABC News, 6 May 2022 While the trend first gained notoriety in Japan in the early and mid-2010s, today, even some of the biggest Western live-streaming personalities have debuted their own Vtuber avatars. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Libs of TikTok first gained notoriety when Joe Rogan highlighted and praised it on his popular podcast last summer and then again in the fall. Damon Linker, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 Jesperson, who is already serving four life sentences without the possibility of parole for murders in Oregon, California and Wyoming, gained notoriety for preying on multiple women throughout the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Barreda, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 The case gained notoriety for a cooler full of penises that was found. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 While the case gained notoriety, Liu was not charged. Michelle Toh, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 But last summer’s sporting spectacle also gained notoriety over accusations that Social Gloves failed to pay some of the fighters. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Uhlfelder, a lawyer from Santa Rosa Beach, gained notoriety early in the COVID-19 pandemic by dressing as the Grim Reaper, complete with a black robe and scythe, on crowded beaches and at other public areas. Steven Lemongello,, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Notoriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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no·​to·​ri·​e·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈrī-ə-tē How to pronounce notoriety (audio) \

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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