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Negative connotation of “notoriety”

Has the word ‘notoriety’ lost its negative connotation? Nowadays, it seems to be synonymous with ‘fame’ but without the negative meaning to it.

He got his notoriety as a WWF wrestler in the 90′s. (even though he played a ‘good guy’)

He gained notoriety as a sharpshooter in his rookie year. (skilled hockey player)

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I'm not aware of a shift in meaning. I think those instances you cited are just cases of the writer or editor not understanding the meaning.

dave January 25, 2012, 2:23am

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