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notorious (no-TOR-ee-uhs) adjective

Known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous.

[From Medieval Latin notorius, well-known, from Latin notus, known, past participle of noscere, to get to know.]

"Antidepressants--particularly SSRIs--are notorious for causing sex problems." Castleman, Michael, Becoming unblue, Mother Jones, 15 May 1997.

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