American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous: a notorious gangster; a district notorious for vice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Publicly or generally known and spoken of; manifest to the world: in this sense generally used predicatively: when used attributively, the word now commonly implies some circumstance of disadvantage or discredit; hence, notable in a bad sense; widely or well but not favorably known.
- Synonyms Noted, Notable, etc. (see famous); patent, manifest, evident.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Generally known and talked of by the public; universally believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; -- usually in an unfavorable sense
- adj. known widely and usually unfavorably
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- From Medieval Latin nōtōrius, well-known, from Latin nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed, NBC Universal, which owns MSNBC, also owns Interscope Records, a label notorious for hiring gangsta rap artists.”
“LAVANDERA (voice-over): You wouldn't think a boot wearing Texas governor could stomp on Iran, but Rick Perry is sending a financial strike at what he calls a notorious regime.”
“LAVANDERA (voice-over): You won't think a boot-wearing Texas governor could stomp on Iran, but Rick Perry is sending a financial strike at what he calls a notorious regime.”
“They were unanimous in their condemnation of what they called notorious abusers, but divided on the question of zero tolerance.”
“Of these, the most notorious is the contentious issue of immigration.”
“Though other Soviet spies from that era — Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — remain notorious to this day, Gold has faded from the story.”
“A government-owned transmission utility organized along the current RTO/ISO territories would have access to better financing terms (bonds) and would have a strong incentive and the financial means to relieve congestion in notorious trouble spots (New York and Long Island are examples).”
“Getting attention by becoming notorious is better than being a failure.”
“But over the past two weeks, administrators and parents at the elite Quaker private school in Lower Manhattan have become quick studies after Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz publicly criticized Friends Seminary for inviting a musician he called a "notorious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier"—accusations that Mr. Atzmon, who was born Jewish, staunchly denies.”
“They could add a subset of public restrooms around the country where certain notorious events have taken place.”
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