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Part of speech



infamous, well-known, widely recognized, celebrated, distinguished, famous


unknown, obscure, anonymous, unnoted

Example sentences

  • The notorious gangster was finally caught by the police after years on the run.
  • The notorious hacker was wanted by the FBI for their illegal activities.
  • The notorious company was criticized for their unethical business practices.


Notorious is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is widely recognized for being well-known, often for negative reasons. The term is often used to describe individuals or organizations that are famous for their criminal or unethical activities. For example, a notorious gangster is someone who is widely recognized as being involved in criminal activities, while a notorious company is one that is widely recognized for its unethical business practices. The term notorious is used to describe a subject that is widely recognized and has a negative connotation, implying that the subject’s actions are harmful or undesirable in some way