[ fluh-jish-uh s ]
/ fləˈdʒɪʃ əs /


shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous.

Origin of flagitious

1350–1400; Middle English flagicious < Latin flāgitiōsus, equivalent to flāgiti(um) shame, scandal + -ōsus -ous
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/ (fləˈdʒɪʃəs) /


atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
Derived Formsflagitiously, adverbflagitiousness, noun

Word Origin for flagitious

C14: from Latin flāgitiōsus infamous, from flāgitium a shameful act; related to Latin flagrum whip
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Word Origin and History for flagitious



"shamefully wicked, criminal," late 14c., from Old French flagicieux or directly from Latin flagitiosus "shameful, disgraceful, infamous," from flagitium "shameful act, passionate deed, disgraceful thing," related to flagrum "a whip, scourge, lash," flagitare "to demand importunately," from PIE root *bhlag- "to strike." Related: Flagitiously; flagitiousness.

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