From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Notorious \No*to"ri*ous\, a. [L. notorius pointing out, making
   known, fr. noscere, notum, to known: cf. F. notoire. See
   Generally known and talked of by the public; universally
   believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; --
   usually in an unfavorable sense; as, a notorious thief; a
   notorious crime or vice.
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         Your goodness,
         Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. --Shak.
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   Syn: Distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; celebrated;
        noted; famous; renowned.
        [1913 Webster] -- No*to"ri*ous*ly, adv. --
        No*to"ri*ous*ness, n.
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