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notoriety Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
    ill fame.
WordNet

No`to*ri"e*ty noun
Etymology
Cf. F. notoriété. See Notorious.
Definitions
  1. The quality or condition of being notorious; the state of being generally or publicly known; -- commonly used in an unfavorable sense; as, the notoriety of a crime.
    They were not subjects in their own nature so exposed to public notoriety. Addison.

Webster 1913