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 blatant

Contemporary Examples of blatant

Historical Examples of blatant

  • Banstead's blatant folly had been enough to set any man in a rage.


    William J. Locke

  • How about the blatant person who had declared HE could have gotten the appropriation?

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Its voice was not the trumpeting of the disreputable goddess we all know—not blatant—not brazen.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • It can hurt no one but himself if he is blatant, ignorant, contemptuous.

  • Women are all alike––all human––all susceptible to sheer, blatant flattery.


    Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for blatant



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 blatant

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.

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