The adjective notoriety is the state of being widely known unfavorably or known for something bad.

Synonyms are infamy, disrepute, discredit, or dishonor.

The word origins from Middle French notoriété or directly from Medieval Latin notorietatem (nominative notorietas), originating from notorius meaning “well-known”.

Because of his fear of notoriety, he rejected the management’s offer for him to act as the antagonist of the movie.

I don’t know why a lot of people settle for infamy and notoriety just to get the attention that they want.

He became the talk of the town because of his father’s wrong doings that associated him with notoriety.