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notorious adj : having an exceedingly bad reputation; "a notorious gangster"; "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice" [syn: ill-famed, infamous]

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Etymology

First attested 1548, from notorius, "widely or fully known," from notus, "known," past participle of noscere, "to get to know." Negative sense appeared in seventeenth century.

Pronunciation

Adjective

notorious
  1. Known widely and infamously.

Quotations

  • 1920: ''"This is the last straw. In your infatuation for this man — a man who is notorious for his excesses, a man your father would not have allowed to so much as mention your name — you have reflected the demi-monde rather than the circles in which you have presumably grown up." — The Offshore Pirate by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1999: "The Hempshocks' sheep were notoriously the finest for miles around: shaggy-coated and intelligent (for sheep), with curling horns and sharp hooves." — Neil Gaiman, Stardust'', pg. 30 (2001 Perennial edition)

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Translations

known widely and infamously

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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