Origin of conspicuous
Examples from the Web for conspicuous
The system is truck-mounted and road-mobile, as are the big and conspicuous radars that stood next to it on display.How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets|Bill Sweetman|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Shaftel this kind of licentious behavior amounts to “conspicuous consumption disguised as urbanity.”Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal|Tim Teeman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.
As recently as a few years ago, buying and driving a hybrid was an exercise in conspicuous consumption.
It was a dizzying time, and Shaquille handled an array of new situations with conspicuous aplomb.
Her skeleton was long a conspicuous object, visited by ramblers on the Island.Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding
In this Clay was conspicuous, and Webster and Calhoun were his sympathetic allies.Expansion and Conflict|William E. Dodd
There are several buzzards and falcons and a few kites, but vultures are conspicuous by their absence.Letters from Mesopotamia|Robert Palmer
She could hardly fail to catch his eye, she was so conspicuous with bandages.Red Pepper's Patients|Grace S. Richmond
I raised mine to my shoulder, and pointing it toward a conspicuous savage, pulled the trigger.Bill Biddon, Trapper|Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for conspicuous
Word Origin for conspicuous
Word Origin and History for conspicuous
1540s, from Latin conspicuus "visible, open to view, striking," from conspicere "to look at, observe, see, notice," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + specere (see scope (n.1)). Phrase conspicuous by its absence (1859) is said to be from Tacitus ("Annals" iii.76), in a passage about certain images: "sed præfulgebant ... eo ipso quod effigies eorum non visebantur."