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


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  • Worth even more therefore than what Bender so blatantly offers.

    The Outcry

    Henry James

  • Then we can go from one to another and not advertise our presence so blatantly.

  • You said that if they could ever see you again it would make it too blatantly a fake.

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • Weiller and Norah were blatantly vulgar and intent on impressing their host.

  • At least she would not advertise the obvious horror of her own name so blatantly.

    The Vanity Girl

    Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for blatantly


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

Word Origin

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 blatantly



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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