- Notoriety is the state of being famous for something negative or bad.
An example of someone with notoriety is a person who is famous for killing his wife.
notoriety definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the quality or state of being notorious
- pl. notorietiesChiefly Brit. a prominent or well-known person
Origin: French notorieté ; from Midieval Latin notorietas ; from notorius
notoriety definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The quality or condition of being notorious; ill fame.