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flagitious

[fluh-jish-uh s]
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  1. shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
  2. 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 formsfla·gi·tious·ly, adverbfla·gi·tious·ness, nounnon·fla·gi·tious, adjectivenon·fla·gi·tious·ly, adverbnon·fla·gi·tious·ness, nounun·fla·gi·tious, adjective
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Examples from the Web for flagitious

Historical Examples

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

    Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • The former, he knew, was the most pale-faced, flagitious character in the world.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett

  • The army and navy are "the most wicked and flagitious in the Universe."

  • Since a legal marriage was impossible, no doubt, his views were flagitious.

    Wieland; or The Transformation

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • I place on that miscreant's back a long array of flagitious ancestors.

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France


British Dictionary definitions for flagitious

flagitious

adjective
  1. atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
Derived Formsflagitiously, adverbflagitiousness, 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

adj.

"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.

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