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[noh-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-, nuh-] /noʊˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-, nə-/
widely and unfavorably known:
a notorious gambler.
publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait:
a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.
1540-50; < Medieval Latin nōtōrius evident, equivalent to (scere) to get to know (see notify) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
notoriously, adverb
notoriousness, noun
Can be confused
famous, infamous, notorious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for notoriously
  • Finally, book chapters are notoriously slow to appear.
  • In the professional realm, interviews are notoriously slippery endeavors.
  • The surface-to-air missiles are notoriously unreliable.
  • The fossil record is notoriously stingy in doling out clues about the history of life.
  • notoriously, the theory of quantum mechanics reveals a fundamental weirdness in the way the world works.
  • It is tantalizingly simple to state but notoriously difficult to solve.
  • notoriously playful, dolphins have also caught scientists' attention by creating play objects from their own bodies.
  • Batteries are notoriously inefficient and generally are made from toxic substances you wouldn't want near your eyes.
  • Studies involving human subjects are notoriously difficult, and rarely is there any single study that is absolutely conclusive.
  • His interactions with lawyers are notoriously aggressive.
British Dictionary definitions for notoriously


well-known for some bad or unfavourable quality, deed, etc; infamous
(rare) generally known or widely acknowledged
Derived Forms
notoriety (ˌnəʊtəˈraɪɪtɪ), notoriousness, noun
notoriously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin notōrius well-known, from nōtus known, from noscere to know
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Word Origin and History for notoriously



1540s, "publicly known," from Medieval Latin notorius "well-known, commonly known," from Latin notus "known," past participle of noscere "come to know" (see know). Negative connotation arose 17c. from frequent association with derogatory nouns. Related: Notoriously.

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