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[fluh-jish-uh s] /fləˈdʒɪʃ əs/
shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
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 forms
flagitiously, adverb
flagitiousness, noun
nonflagitious, adjective
nonflagitiously, adverb
nonflagitiousness, noun
unflagitious, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flagitious
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  • Four months more brought him to the end of his flagitious career.

  • 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
  • The saints of Christianity were either the most useless or most flagitious of men.

    Ecce Homo! Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
  • Thus, in a moment, had terminated his long and flagitious career.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • This deportment was too humiliating and flagitious to be imputed to him.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • But the action on the slave trade was the deliberate sanction for twenty years of man-stealing of the most flagitious sort.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • How can the public allow this drunken, flagitious actor to appear before them, disgracing genius and the taste of his country?

    Maria Edgeworth Helen Zimmern
British Dictionary definitions for flagitious


atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
Derived Forms
flagitiously, adverb
flagitiousness, 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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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