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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.
- Widely known, especially for something bad; infamous.
- 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Offshore Pirate:
- 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.
known widely and infamously