Definition of notorious
: generally known and talked of iron is a notorious conductor of heat — Lewis Mumford; especially : widely and unfavorably known a notorious gangster an area notorious for soot, smog, and dust — Pliotron
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Examples of notorious in a Sentence
The coach is notorious for his violent outbursts.
a notorious mastermind of terrorist activities
Recent Examples of notorious from the Web
Examples are endless, but one of the most notorious is the case of Bennis v. Michigan.
Reducing the city’s notorious smog and traffic jams is therefore regarded by central officials as a task of national importance, not just a local one.
Served around storytelling of murder and mayhem from Cincinnati's notorious past.
Today, Versace maintains its long-term relationship with hip-hop, from Notorious B.I.G.’s silk shirt in ‘
More specifically, the initiative’s target was the notorious chant that supposedly began in Guadalajara around 15 years ago and his since become a staple in Mexican stadiums and, increasingly, arenas throughout the Americas.
In addition, Francis drew heated criticism for his 2015 appointment of a Chilean bishop accused by victims of helping cover up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.
Even notorious Parker bully Flash Thompson, played by Grand Budapest Hotel co-star Tony Revolori, is somewhat endearing.
Yesterday, Kendall and Kylie Jenner debuted a capsule of vintage rock and rap T-shirts—including ones for Pink Floyd, Metallica, Tupac Shakur, and Notorious B.I.G., among others—repurposed and reprinted to bear the siblings' portraits or initials.
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Did You Know?
Notorious was adopted into English in the 16th century from Medieval Latin notorius, itself from Late Latin's noun notorium, meaning "information" or "indictment." "Notorium," in turn, derives from the Latin verb noscere, meaning "to come to know." Although "notorious" can be a synonym of "famous," meaning simply "widely known," it long ago developed the additional implication of someone or something unpleasant or undesirable. The Book of Common Prayer Offices of 1549 includes the first known use of the unfavorable meaning in print, referring to "notorious synners."
Synonym Discussion of notorious
NOTORIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of notorious for English Language Learners
: well-known or famous especially for something bad
NOTORIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of notorious for Students
: widely known especially for some bad characteristic … he caught the villain, who turned out to be a very notorious criminal. — Robert McClosky, Homer Price
notoriouslyadverb She has a notoriously bad temper.
Legal Definition of notorious
: generally known and talked of adverse possession created by open, continuous, notorious, and adverse use
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