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[fley-gruh nt] /ˈfleɪ grənt/
shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring:
a flagrant error.
notorious; scandalous:
a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.
Origin of flagrant
late Middle English
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.
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. Unabridged
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  • It was, in fact, most flagrantly contradictory that she should have taken offense at that which she had so obviously invited.

  • What he was doing was flagrantly unlawful unless he charged her with some offence.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Just west of our old friend Mossy-Face were two rows of flagrantly new trenches.

  • If her mother was excellent and common she was not common—not at least flagrantly so—and perhaps also not excellent.

    The Patagonia Henry James
  • It glittered hideously with gold-leafed signs; canopies of flagrantly stained glass hung over each door and window.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • And—I hate to say so—but she treated him a little too flagrantly.

British Dictionary definitions for flagrantly


openly outrageous
(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 flagrantly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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