shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
Archaic.blazing, burning, or glowing.
Origin: 1400–50;late Middle English < Latinflagrant- (stem of flagrāns), present participle of flagrāre to burn; see -ant
fla·gran·cy, fla·grance, fla·grant·ness, noun
Can be confused: 1. blatant, flagrant (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. 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.
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.