from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being notorious; ill fame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being infamous or notorious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being notorious; the state of being generally or publicly known; -- commonly used in an unfavorable sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The state or character of being notorious; the character of being publicly or generally, and especially unfavorably, known; notoriousness: as, the notoriety of a crime.
  • One who is notorious or well-known.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality


From notorious, from Medieval Latin nōtōrius, from Latin nōtus ("known"), perfect passive participle of nōscō ("get to know"). (Wiktionary)



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