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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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Examples from the Web for flagrant
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  • He realized that his conduct was too flagrant to admit of defense, so he attempted none.

  • Some of the most flagrant of these, if not encouraged, have at least been sanctioned by the whites.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • Now, however, the wrong was so flagrant that she resolved to speak to her son.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • It is painfully necessary to avoid open and flagrant scandal.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • And yet the treachery and the deceit were so flagrant that surely no condonation was possible.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
British Dictionary definitions for flagrant


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 flagrant

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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