brazenly obvious; flagrant: a blatant error in simple addition; a blatant lie.
offensively noisy or loud; clamorous: blatant radios.
tastelessly conspicuous: the blatant colors of the dress.

Origin of blatant

coined by Spenser in 1596; compare Latin blatīre to babble, prate, blaterāre to talk foolishly, babble
Related formsbla·tan·cy, nounbla·tant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedblatant flagrant (see synonym study at flagrant)

Synonyms for blatant

Antonyms for blatant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blatancy

Historical Examples of blatancy

  • His blatancy was arrested by the intonation of another hymn.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • The blatancy, the crassness of the daily prints revolted him.

  • I was perfectly conscious of the blatancy of the methods that achieved it.

    Your United States

    Arnold Bennett

  • His satisfaction found expression in blatancy and in actions that were thoroughly at odds with a man of his age.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • It sounds like a diminished silk petticoat which has lost its blatancy, but retains its personality.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding

British Dictionary definitions for blatancy



glaringly conspicuous or obviousa blatant lie
offensively noticeableblatant disregard for a person's feelings
offensively noisy
Derived Formsblatancy, nounblatantly, adverb

Word Origin for blatant

C16: coined by Edmund Spenser; probably influenced by Latin blatīre to babble; compare Middle Low German pladderen
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Word Origin and History for blatancy



1596, in blatant beast, coined by Edmund Spenser in "The Faerie Queen" to describe a thousand-tongued monster representing slander; probably suggested by Latin blatire "to babble." It entered general use 1650s, as "noisy in an offensive and vulgar way;" the sense of "obvious, glaringly conspicuous" is from 1889. Related: Blatantly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper