Definition of notorious in English:


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  • Famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.

    ‘Los Angeles is notorious for its smog’
    • ‘he was a notorious drinker and womanizer’
    • ‘The list is endless, but here are a few of the more notorious celebrations of recent times.’
    • ‘In the process he became the most celebrated, or at least most notorious, journalist of his era.’
    • ‘For Dylan is not only the most renowned protest singer of his era but also its most notorious renegade.’
    • ‘But he pressed on and his next task was the crossing of the notorious Kaman River.’
    • ‘The accident took place on the notorious Fareham-to-Alton road near Mislingford.’
    • ‘Bethell has become notorious for his high-profile campaign to normalise nudity.’
    • ‘So Cambridge Spies is not the story of the most notorious agents in the history of spying, it's just a story.’
    • ‘Bills of rights are notorious for being the last ground of the desperate in litigation.’
    • ‘The incident happened along Main Road, close to the green, in a spot notorious for accidents.’
    • ‘This suggests that Matt's notorious revamp of the weekend schedule has been less than a triumph.’
    • ‘A campaign to curb speeders on one of the area's most notorious roads has been given a boost.’
    • ‘Three motorists had a lucky escape after a pile-up on a notorious stretch of the A350.’
    • ‘Once considered painfully shy, he is now notorious for being surly and unwilling to suffer fools.’
    • ‘The fruit is notorious for not falling off the tree, even when it is ripe to the point of spoiling.’
    • ‘The most notorious woman in Colchester's history is making a return to the town she razed to the ground.’
    • ‘But it was a pastime which landed him a spell in one of Greece's most notorious prisons.’
    • ‘But he also starred in countless films which are so bad they have become notorious.’
    • ‘Channel Four is to film a version of Belle de Jour, one of the more notorious weblogs, now finished.’
    • ‘This was the eighth time a vehicle has hit the wall this year in what has become a notorious accident blackspot.’
    • ‘A notorious accident spot that has been the scene of horrific road crashes is the focus of a new safety plan.’
    infamous, of ill repute, with a bad name, with a bad reputation, ill-famed, scandalous
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/nōˈtôrēəs/ /noʊˈtɔriəs/


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘generally known’): from medieval Latin notorius (from Latin notus ‘known’) + -ous.