Origin of flagitious
Examples from the Web for flagitious
For the ambiguous advantages which overgrown wealth and flagitious tyranny have to bestow?Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
These men were reported to be heretics, Lutherans in disguise, seducers of youth, and men of flagitious life.
Flagitious, fla-jish′us, adj. grossly wicked: guilty of enormous crimes.
Coventry stigmatized them as marking especial and flagitious ingratitude.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
It is greater folly to pretend that the earthquake killed the most flagitious sinners.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for flagitious
Word Origin for flagitious
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.