Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: notorius, from Latin notus; NOTICE2


famous or well-known for something bad [= infamous]:
a notorious computer hacker
notorious cases of human rights abuses
notorious for
a judge notorious for his cruelty and corruption
notoriously adverb:
Statistics can be notoriously unreliable.
The program is notoriously difficult to learn.
WORD FOCUS: famous WORD FOCUS: famous
similar words: well-known, celebrated, renowned, eminent, noted, legendary

famous for doing something bad: notorious, infamous

not famous: little-known, unknown, obscure

a famous person: celebrity, celeb informal, star

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