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)

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The riot and its aftermath did give a fresh 15 minutes of notoriety. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "‘Ted’s been cancelled’: Cruz’s 2024 ambitions hobbled by Capitol riot, but he could rebound in Biden era," 16 Jan. 2021 And earlier this year, the family got a taste of national notoriety when the White House Christmas tree was erroneously credited by First Lady Melania Trump as coming from their farm. Alex Paul, oregonlive, "This Christmas everyone’s staying home and wants a real tree; Oregon farm thrives," 23 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, the swingers convention seems destined to join the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in August in terms of notoriety. Carlie Wells,, "Why coronavirus outbreak tied to New Orleans swingers event is a 'metaphor for the U.S.'," 1 Dec. 2020 Her compulsion was matched in kind by the media with its voracious appetite to shower her with a never-ending flood of notoriety. Steve West,, "A metaphor for destruction | Opinion," 16 Oct. 2020 At Fox, Crowder gained a measure of notoriety when footage aired of a Michigan union member slugging him at a protest. Mark Bergen,, "A Conservative YouTuber Thrives By Pushing Conflict With Site," 12 Oct. 2020 Shkreli first gained notoriety by buying the rights to a drug used to treat an infection that occurs in some AIDS, malaria and cancer patients and raising the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Michael R. Sisak, ajc, "'Pharma Bro' Shkreli loses 2nd bid for early prison release," 19 Jan. 2021 Straka's movement gained notoriety in 2018 after the now ex-liberal decided he was fed up with the Democratic Party and began urging others to leave the party with him. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Conservative #WalkAway Facebook page removed along with hundreds of thousands of videos and followers," 8 Jan. 2021 Love-Robinson gained notoriety in 2016 after his arrest in Palm Beach County on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license, posing as a medical doctor and treating patients. Rebekah Riess And Travis Caldwell, CNN, "Man who pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license as a teen faces new fraud charges," 2 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of notoriety was circa 1650

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22 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Notoriety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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