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English definition of “notorious”


adjective     /nəʊˈtɔːriəs/
famous for something bad : a notorious criminal She was notorious for her bad temper .Fame and famousReputation
notoriously adverb Mount Everest is a notoriously difficult mountain to climb .
(Definition of notorious adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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