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Earliest cases of cult of personality: Lord Byron

Contrast: infamy


Fame, the condition of being known to the general public. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fame [Jan 2006]

Cult of personality

The term cult of personality is also used to describe the media's obsession with celebrities.


acclaim, acclamation, account, acknowledgment, character, credit, dignity, distinction, elevation, eminence, esteem, estimation, exaltation, favor, glory, greatness, heyday, honor, illustriousness, immortality, kudos, laurels, luster, majesty, name, nobility, note, notoriety, place, popularity, position, pre-eminence, prominence, public esteem, rank, recognition, regard, renown, rep, report, reputation, repute, splendor, standing, stardom, station, superiority, éclat


Prestige means good reputation or high esteem, although it originally meant a delusion or magician's trick (Latin praestigum).

Famous to 15 People

The Internet is the first global medium. Through the internet, one can reach readers, listeners all over the world. In the future, everyone will be famous to 15 people.


  1. What Price Fame? - Tyler Cowen [Amazon.com]

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