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 for notoriety
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Notoriety \No`to*ri"e*ty\ (n[=o]`t[-o]*r[imac]"[-e]*t[y^]), n.
     [Cf. F. notori['e]t['e]. See Notorious.]
     The quality or condition of being notorious; the state of
     being generally or publicly known; -- commonly used in an
     unfavorable sense; as, the notoriety of a crime.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           They were not subjects in their own nature so exposed
           to public notoriety.                     --Addison.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  notoriety
      n 1: the state of being known for some unfavorable act or
           quality [syn: notoriety, ill fame]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "notoriety":
     PR, acclaim, arrantness, ballyhoo, blatancy, blot, blurb, boldness,
     bright light, celebrity, character, common knowledge,
     conspicuousness, cry, currency, daylight, discredit,
     discreditableness, disgrace, disgracefulness, dishonor,
     dishonorableness, disreputability, disreputableness, disrepute,
     eclat, exposure, fame, famousness, figure, flagrance, flagrancy,
     glare, glory, high relief, hoopla, hue and cry, ignominy, infamy,
     kudos, limelight, maximum dissemination, name, noticeability,
     notoriousness, obloquy, obtrusiveness, opprobrium, ostentation,
     outstandingness, plug, popularity, press notice, prominence,
     promotion, pronouncedness, propaganda, public eye,
     public knowledge, public relations, public report, publicity,
     publicity story, publicness, puff, reclame, recognition, renown,
     rep, report, reputation, repute, salience, saliency, scandal,
     shame, shamefulness, spotlight, stain, strikingness, strong relief,
     the bubble reputation, unrespectability, unsavoriness, vogue,
     write-up
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  NOTORIETY, evidence. That which is generally known. 
       2. This notoriety is of fact or of law. In general, the notoriety of a 
  fact is not sufficient to found a judgment or to rely on its truth; 1 Ohio 
  Rep. 207; but there are some facts of which, in consequence of their 
  notoriety, the court will, suo motu, take cognizance; for example, facts 
  stated in ancient histories; Skin. 14; 1 Ventr. R. 149; 2 East, Rep. 464; 9 
  Ves. jr. 347; 10 Ves.jr. 854; 8 John. Rep. 385; 1 Binn. R. 399; recitals in 
  statutes; Co. Lit. 19 b; 4 M. & S. 542; and in the law text books; 4 Inst. 
  240; 2 Rags. 313; and the journals of the legislatures, are considered of 
  such notoriety that they need not be otherwise proved. 
       3. The courts of the United States take judicial notice of the, ports 
  and waters of the United States, in, which the tide ebbs and flows. 3 Dall. 
  297; 9 Wheat. 374; 10 Wheat. 428; 7 Pet. 342. They take like notice of the 
  boundaries, of the several states and judicial districts. It would be 
  altogether unnecessary, if not absurd, to prove the fact that London in 
  Great Britain or Paris in France, is not within the jurisdiction of an 
  American court, because the fact is notoriously known. 
       4. It is difficult to say what will amount to such notoriety as to 
  render any other proof unnecessary. This must depend upon many 
  circumstances; in one case, perhaps upon the progress of human knowledge in 
  the fields of science; in another, on the extent of information on the state 
  of foreign countries, and in all such instances upon the accident of their 
  being little known or publicly communicated. The notoriety of the law is 
  such that the judges are always bound to take notice of it; statutes, 
  precedents and text books are therefore evidence, without any other proof 
  than, their production. Gresley, Ev. 293. The courts of the United States 
  take judicial notice of all laws and jurisprudence of the several states in 
  which they exercise original or appellate jurisdiction. 9 Pet. 607, 624. 
       5. The doctrine of the civil and canon laws is similar to this. Boehmer 
  in tit. 10, de probat. lib. 2, t. 19, n. 2; Mascardus, de probat conclus. 
  1106, 1107, et seq.; Menock. de praesumpt. lib. 1, quaest. 63, &c.; Toullier 
  Dr. Civ. Frau. liv. 3, c. 6, n. 13; Diet. de Jurisp. mot Notoriete; 1 Th. 
  Co. Lit. 26, n. 16; 2 Id. 63, n. A; Id. 334, n. 6; Id. 513, n. T 3; 9 Dana, 
  23 12 Vern. 178; 5 Port. 382; 1 Chit. PI. 216, 225. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  NOTORIETY, n.  The fame of one's competitor for public honors.  The
  kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity.  A
  Jacob's-ladder leading to the vaudeville stage, with angels ascending
  and descending.
  

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