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notorious Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite known widely and usually unfavorably;
    ill-famed; infamous.
    • a notorious gangster
    • the tenderloin district was notorious for vice
    • the infamous Benedict Arnold
WordNet

No*to"ri*ous adjective
Etymology
L. notorius pointing out, making known, fr. noscere, notum, to known: cf. F. notoire. See Know.
Definitions
  1. Generally known and talked of by the public; universally believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; -- usually in an unfavorable sense; as, a notorious thief; a notorious crime or vice.
    Your goodness, Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. Shak.
    Syn. -- Distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; celebrated; noted; famous; renowned. infamous is an extreme sense -- No*to"ri*ous*ly, adv. -- No*to"ri*ous*ness, n.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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