Adjective "notorious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.
  1. 'he was a notorious drinker and womanizer'
  2. 'This suggests that Matt's notorious revamp of the weekend schedule has been less than a triumph.'
  3. 'A campaign to curb speeders on one of the area's most notorious roads has been given a boost.'
  4. 'The list is endless, but here are a few of the more notorious celebrations of recent times.'
  5. 'Three motorists had a lucky escape after a pile-up on a notorious stretch of the A350.'
  6. 'But he also starred in countless films which are so bad they have become notorious.'
  7. 'A notorious accident spot that has been the scene of horrific road crashes is the focus of a new safety plan.'
  8. 'The incident happened along Main Road, close to the green, in a spot notorious for accidents.'
  9. 'Bills of rights are notorious for being the last ground of the desperate in litigation.'
  10. 'But it was a pastime which landed him a spell in one of Greece's most notorious prisons.'
  11. 'For Dylan is not only the most renowned protest singer of his era but also its most notorious renegade.'


1. widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.Synonyms: infamous, egregious, outrageous, arrant, flagrant, disreputable.

2. publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.Synonyms: notable, renowned, celebrated, prominent, conspicuous, famous, widely known.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be notorious for things."

"states can be notorious for shootings."

"states can be notorious for muggingses."

"states can be notorious for jackingses."

"regions can be notorious for camps."

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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘generally known’): from medieval Latin notorius (from Latin notus ‘known’) + -ous.