shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin flagrant- (stem of flagrāns), present participle of flagrāre to burn; see -ant

flagrancy, flagrance, flagrantness, noun
flagrantly, adverb
nonflagrance, noun
nonflagrancy, noun
nonflagrant, adjective
nonflagrantly, adverb
unflagrant, adjective
unflagrantly, adverb

1. blatant, flagrant (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. 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.
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flagrant (ˈfleɪɡrənt)
1.  openly outrageous
2.  obsolete burning or blazing
[C15: from Latin flagrāre to blaze, burn]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, "resplendent," from L. flagrantem (nom. flagrans) "burning," prp. of flagrare "to burn," from L. root *flag-, corresponding to PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash, burn" (cf. Gk. phlegein "to burn, scorch"), from base *bhel- (1) (see bleach). Sense of "glaringly offensive"
first recorded 1706, probably from common legalese phrase in flagrante delicto "red-handed," lit. "with the crime still blazing." Related: Flagrantly.
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Example sentences
It's a no-apologies, flagrantly one-sided story that would only annoy the heck
  out of them.
The industry flagrantly misleads students, especially those seeking health care
Please keep your flagrantly biased opinions to yourself.
It's always jarring to see a flagrantly deceptive ad on a legitimate site.
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