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.
- the quality or state of being notorious
- pl. -·tiesChiefly Brit. a prominent or well-known person
Origin of notorietyFrench notorieté from Medieval Latin notorietas from notorius: see notorious
The quality or condition of being notorious. See Usage Note at notorious.