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[noh-tuh-rahy-i-tee] /ˌnoʊ təˈraɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural notorieties.
the state, quality, or character of being notorious or widely known:
a craze for notoriety.
Chiefly British. a notorious or celebrated person.
Origin of notoriety
1585-95; < Medieval Latin nōtōrietās, equivalent to nōtōri(us) notorious + -etās, variant (after -i-) of -ity
1. disrepute, ill-repute, shame, infamy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Despite the region's notoriety as a honeymoon destination, the area is proud of its reputation as a family-friendly vacation spot.
  • notoriety of offense and its impact on the reputation of the agency.
  • Unfortunately, his notoriety is for one of the most embarrassing moments in his life.
  • It's a new technology, and the missteps have gained notoriety in the press.
  • His notoriety is based on his chronicling of social mores and subcultures.
  • His unexpected notoriety has already brought some dividends.
  • After a flurry of initial notoriety over the deal, he fell out of the spotlight.
  • She keeps framed mementoes — a reminder of her notoriety over the years — in a bathroom.
  • And since you obviously have not ever done anything of any notoriety, I have to question where that self admiration comes from.
  • The main challengers in the two biggest states are women of notoriety.
Word Origin and History for notoriety

1590s, from Middle French notoriété or directly from Medieval Latin notorietatem (nominative notorietas), from notorius "well-known" (see notorious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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