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[fluh-jish-uh s] /fləˈdʒɪʃ əs/
shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous.
Origin of flagitious
1350-1400; Middle English flagicious < Latin flāgitiōsus, equivalent to flāgiti(um) shame, scandal + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
flagitiously, adverb
flagitiousness, noun
nonflagitious, adjective
nonflagitiously, adverb
nonflagitiousness, noun
unflagitious, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flagitious
Historical Examples
  • The Puritan had frowned at innocent diversions; the comic poet took under his patronage the most flagitious excesses.

  • Four months more brought him to the end of his flagitious career.

  • Thus, in a moment, had terminated his long and flagitious career.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • The army and navy are "the most wicked and flagitious in the Universe."

  • Yet it was not an age of gross and open vices; manners were not flagitious, they were merely of a nauseous insipidity.

    Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
  • This deportment was too humiliating and flagitious to be imputed to him.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • It is greater folly to pretend that the earthquake killed the most flagitious sinners.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • But the action on the slave trade was the deliberate sanction for twenty years of man-stealing of the most flagitious sort.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Since a legal marriage was impossible, no doubt, his views were flagitious.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • He that may hang a flagitious offender doth him no wrong if he put him to a slavery, which is less penal than death.

British Dictionary definitions for flagitious


atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
Derived Forms
flagitiously, adverb
flagitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin flāgitiōsus infamous, from flāgitium a shameful act; related to Latin flagrum whip
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Word Origin and History for flagitious

"shamefully wicked, criminal," late 14c., from Old French flagicieux or directly from Latin flagitiosus "shameful, disgraceful, infamous," from flagitium "shameful act, passionate deed, disgraceful thing," related to flagrum "a whip, scourge, lash," flagitare "to demand importunately," from PIE root *bhlag- "to strike." Related: Flagitiously; flagitiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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