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flagrant

[fley-gruh nt] /ˈfleɪ grənt/
adjective
1.
shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring:
a flagrant error.
2.
notorious; scandalous:
a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
3.
Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin flagrant- (stem of flagrāns), present participle of flagrāre to burn; see -ant
Related forms
flagrancy, flagrance, flagrantness, noun
flagrantly, adverb
nonflagrance, noun
nonflagrancy, noun
nonflagrant, adjective
nonflagrantly, adverb
unflagrant, adjective
unflagrantly, adverb
Can be confused
blatant, flagrant (see synonym study at the current entry)
flagrant, fragrant.
Synonyms
2. disgraceful, monstrous, egregious. Flagrant, glaring, gross, outrageous, rank are adjectives suggesting extreme offensiveness. Flagrant, with a root sense of flaming or flaring, suggests evil or immorality so evident that it cannot be ignored or overlooked: a flagrant violation of the law. Glaring, meaning “shining brightly,” is similar to flagrant in emphasizing conspicuousness but usually lacks the imputation of immorality: a glaring error in computing the interest. Gross, which basically signifies excessive size, is even more negative in implication than the foregoing two terms, suggesting a mistake or impropriety of major proportions: a gross miscarriage of justice. Outrageous describes acts so far beyond the limits of decent behavior or accepted standards as to be totally insupportable: an outrageous abuse of the public trust. Rank, with its suggestion of bad odor, describes open offensiveness of the most objectionable kind, inviting total and unalloyed disapprobation: rank dishonesty, stinking to high heaven; Only rank stupidity would countenance such a step.
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Examples from the web for flagrant
  • While you may believe your comment to laudable, it is nothing more than a flagrant display of your ignorance.
  • Moreover, he himself recognizes that it is and thus contradicts himself in a flagrant manner.
  • And he spent more and more time away from home, telling what turned out to be flagrant lies about his reasons for travel.
British Dictionary definitions for flagrant

flagrant

/ˈfleɪɡrənt/
adjective
1.
openly outrageous
2.
(obsolete) burning or blazing
Derived Forms
flagrancy, flagrance, flagrantness, noun
flagrantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin flagrāre to blaze, burn
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Word Origin and History for flagrant
adj.

c.1500, "resplendent," from Latin flagrantem (nominative flagrans) "burning, blazing, glowing," figuratively "glowing with passion, eager, vehement," present participle of flagrare "to burn, blaze, glow" from Latin root *flag-, corresponding to PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash, burn" (cf. Greek phlegein "to burn, scorch," Latin fulgere "to shine"), from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "glaringly offensive" first recorded 1706, probably from common legalese phrase in flagrante delicto "red-handed," literally "with the crime still blazing." Related: Flagrantly.

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