notorious

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First attested 1548, from Medieval Latin nōtōrius (widely or fully known), from Latin nōtus (known), perfect passive participle of nōscō (get to know). Negative sense appeared in seventeenth century.

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  • enPR: nō-tôrʹē-əs
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹiəs

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notorious (comparative more notorious, superlative most notorious)

  1. Widely known, especially for something negative; infamous.
    • 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Offshore Pirate:
      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.
    • 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, 2001 Perennial edition, page 30:
      The Hempshocks' sheep were notoriously the finest for miles around: shaggy-coated and intelligent (for sheep), with curling horns and sharp hooves.

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