Meaning of “notorious” in the English Dictionary

"notorious" in British English

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uk /nəʊˈtɔː.ri.əs/ /nəˈtɔː.ri.əs/ us /noʊˈtɔːr.i.əs/

C1 famous for something bad:

one of Mexico's most notorious criminals
The company is notorious for paying its bills late.

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  • The city is notorious for its red light district and strip clubs.
  • He was notorious for his violent and threatening behaviour.
  • He has spent the past three months in Florida, ostensibly for medical treatment, but in actual fact to avoid prosecution for a series of notorious armed robberies.
  • Politicians are notorious egotists.
  • During the trial he was held in one of the country's most notorious prisons.
adverb uk /nəʊˈtɔː.ri.ə /nəˈtɔː.ri.ə us /noʊˈtɔːr.i.ə

The game is notoriously (= famous for being) difficult to play.

(Definition of “notorious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"notorious" in American English

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us /nəˈtɔr·i·əs, -ˈtoʊr-/

famous for something immoral or bad:

The canal is notorious for its pollution.
adverb us /nəˈtɔr·i·əs·li, -ˈtoʊr-/

(Definition of “notorious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)