notorious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj notorious known widely and usually unfavorably; "a notorious gangster","the tenderloin district was notorious for vice","the infamous Benedict Arnold"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Notorious 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • notorious Publicly or generally known and spoken of; manifest to the world: in this sense generally used predicatively: when used attributively, the word now commonly implies some circumstance of disadvantage or discredit; hence, notable in a bad sense; widely or well but not favorably known.
    • notorious Synonyms Noted, Notable, etc. (see famous); patent, manifest, evident.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Notorious no-tō′ri-us publicly known (now used in a bad sense): infamous
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Quotations

  • Rock Hudson
    Rock Hudson
    “I'm notorious for giving a bad interview. I'm an actor and I can't help but feel I'm boring when I'm on as myself.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    Barbara%20Ehrenreich
    “Heads of state are notoriously ill prepared for their mature careers; think of Adolf Hitler (landscape painter), Ho Chi Minh (seaman), and our own Ronald Reagan.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. notorius, pointing out, making known, fr. noscere, notum, to known: cf. F. notoire,. See Know
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. notoriusnotāre, -ātum, to mark—noscĕre.

Usage

In literature:

The zambo robbers are notorious for committing the most heartless cruelties.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
It is claimed that the rustlers were members of the notorious Soapy Stone outfit.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
If fame does not belie them, these Arab commanders are notorious smugglers.
"Trade and Travel in the Far East" by G. F. Davidson
A dastardly attempt had been made upon me by one of the most notorious of modern criminals!
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
She was a woman of great beauty, but excessive vanity and notorious conduct.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In 1872 the notorious Butler aimed at the governorship of Massachusetts.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Rome strikes her pen through the third and fourth commandments, if less notoriously, yet quite as really, as through the second.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
They were now owners of immense tracts of pasture-land, and their keenness in money-making had become notorious.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
The negro was a notorious outlaw, for whose capture the authorities of Elizabeth City offered a reward of five hundred dollars.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
This was a notorious whiskey boat, and just below it was a flight of steps up the steep bank.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
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In poetry:

And likewise Mary Magdalene,
Though long a most notorious quean,
Was, for the copious tears she shed,
By thy all-gracious favour fre'd.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
JOHN dogged them all day, without asking their leaves;
For his sergeant he told, aside,
That JIMMY and JANE were notorious thieves
(And I think he was justified).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Why has no one great or glorious,
Famous, or at least notorious —
Author, actor, or highwayman,
Poet, prophet, priest or layman,
Ever chosen to appear
Then on this sublunary sphere?
"A Complaint" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Russell Brand put two members of the notoriously antigay Westboro Baptist Church in the hot seat when he surprised the hate-mongers with a visit from his gay friends on his FX talk show, Brand X with Russell Brand.
For two decades, Galeota managed Porky 's, a Hialeah dive notorious for drugs, prostitution, and violence, where he was part pimp, part bouncer, and completely untouchable.
The first family of reality TV has unveiled their latest contribution to society, a Youtube clip set to Notorious B.I.G.
Presidents' Day holiday weekend notorious for big snows.
Notorious gang associates had to move after RCMP released their address.
WHAT do you do when Anonymous becomes Notorious.
Notorious North Korean prison camp is reportedly shuttered.
English evangelist Gypsy Smith led a march through the city's notorious Levee.
Unfortunately, comfort foods like potpie are notorious diet derailers: high in calories and saturated fat.
The Quadrantids are notoriously unpredictable, but if any year promises a fine display, this could be it.
Law enforcement officials on eastern Long Island are seeking to quiet rumors in the notorious serial killer investigation.
It took only weeks for the notoriously slow Congress to pass the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
On the eve of the Blackout's return, foggy memories from the original run of Chicago's most notorious raunch 'n' roll fest.
The pious Orthodox Jew who is also a notorious slumlord—now there's a touchy subject, especially inside the large and diverse community of Jews in New York.
As an adult, he taught himself to drive - and now at age 40 is one of Pasco County's most notorious traffic scofflaws .
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In science:

Note however that lcomputation of this quantity on the lattice is notoriously difficult and afflicted with numerical errors that arise from analytic continuation.
Deconfinement and Thermodynamics in 5D Holographic Models of QCD
However, even with such “machinery", such calculations remain notoriously difficult.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
We focus on two specific properties, the halo gas fraction and the X –ray luminosity-temperature scaling relation, both of which are notoriously difficult to reproduce in self-consistent hydrodynamical s imulations.
Simulations of AGN feedback in galaxy clusters and groups
De Sitter geometry is what one may hope for in a phenomenologically successful construction (given that a small but non-zero positive cosmological constant is observed in our Universe), but it has proven notoriously difficult to obtain in string theory.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Of crucial importance is also the study of longitudinally polarized W-bosons at large center-of-mass energies, s (cid:29) m2 W , a notoriously difficult measurment.
Summary & Outlook: Particles and Cosmology
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