- shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
- heinous or flagrant, as a crime; infamous.
Origin of flagitious
Related Words for flagitiousatrocious, criminal, flagrant, heinous, infamous, rotten, scandalous, vicious, villainous, wicked
Examples from the Web for flagitious
Historical Examples of flagitious
Four months more brought him to the end of his flagitious career.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
The former, he knew, was the most pale-faced, flagitious character in the world.The Heroine
Eaton Stannard Barrett
The army and navy are "the most wicked and flagitious in the Universe."The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Since a legal marriage was impossible, no doubt, his views were flagitious.Wieland; or The Transformation
Charles Brockden Brown
I place on that miscreant's back a long array of flagitious ancestors.The Queen Pedauque
- atrociously wicked; vicious; outrageous
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.