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- notorious:  Notorious originally meant simply ‘well known’. It was borrowed from medieval Latin nōtōrius, which was a derivative of nōtus ‘known’, the past participle of Latin nōscere ‘know’ (source also of English notice, notion, etc). The English word very soon came to be used in association with derogatory nouns (as in ‘a notorious liar’), and by the early 17th century the adjective itself had taken on negative connotations. (Noble, which comes from the same ultimate source and likewise etymologically means ‘known’, has gone up in the world as far as notorious has gone down.)
- notorious (adj.)
- 1540s, "publicly known," from Medieval Latin notorius "well-known, commonly known," from Latin notus "known," past participle of noscere "come to know" (see know). Negative connotation arose 17c. from frequent association with derogatory nouns. Related: Notoriously.
- 1. The accident happened on a notorious black spot on the A43.
- 2. He is notorious for making unexpected, often self-contradictory, comments.
- 3. This town is notorious for chewing people up and spitting them out.
- 4. Press agents are notorious name-droppers.
- 5. The country is notorious for its appalling prison conditions.
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