notorious : Common Errors in English

About notorious

“Notorious” means famous in a bad way, as in “Nero was notorious for giving long recitals of his tedious poetry.” Occasionally writers deliberately use it in a positive sense to suggest irony or wit, but this is a very feeble and tired device. Nothing admirable should be called “notorious.”The same goes for “notoriety,” which also indicates a bad reputation.See also “.”

notorious Meaning(s)

  • (s) known widely and usually unfavorably

notorious in News

  1. Photos: American gangsters

    James "Whitey" Bulger rose to the top of the notorious Winter Hill gang, prosecutors say, before he went into hiding for more than 16 years after a crooked FBI agent told him in December 1994 he was about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. 'Whitey' Bulger Was Never an FBI Snitch Because He's Irish, Says His Lawyer

    The trial for notorious Boston criminal mastermind James "Whitey" Bulger started Wednesday with his attorneys admitting in opening statements that the gangster made millions of dollars through gambling and drugs and paid off corrupt law enforcement officials, but they argued Bulger was never an informant for the FBI.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. Notorious serial killer 'Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez dead at 53

    Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died early Friday in a hospital, a state official said. Ramirez, 53, "passed away this morning," San Quentin State Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson told The Associated Press. No other details were released.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Eyewitness News Bakersfield

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