flagrant

[fley-gruhnt]
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adjective
  1. shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
  2. notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
  3. Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.

Origin of flagrant

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin flagrant- (stem of flagrāns), present participle of flagrāre to burn; see -ant
Related formsfla·gran·cy, fla·grance, fla·grant·ness, nounfla·grant·ly, adverbnon·fla·grance, nounnon·fla·gran·cy, nounnon·fla·grant, adjectivenon·fla·grant·ly, adverbun·fla·grant, adjectiveun·fla·grant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedblatant flagrant (see synonym study at the current entry)flagrant fragrant

Synonyms for flagrant

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2. disgraceful, monstrous, egregious. Flagrant, glaring, gross, outrageous, rank are adjectives suggesting extreme offensiveness. Flagrant, with a root sense of flaming or flaring, suggests evil or immorality so evident that it cannot be ignored or overlooked: a flagrant violation of the law. Glaring, meaning “shining brightly,” is similar to flagrant in emphasizing conspicuousness but usually lacks the imputation of immorality: a glaring error in computing the interest. Gross, which basically signifies excessive size, is even more negative in implication than the foregoing two terms, suggesting a mistake or impropriety of major proportions: a gross miscarriage of justice. Outrageous describes acts so far beyond the limits of decent behavior or accepted standards as to be totally insupportable: an outrageous abuse of the public trust. Rank, with its suggestion of bad odor, describes open offensiveness of the most objectionable kind, inviting total and unalloyed disapprobation: rank dishonesty, stinking to high heaven; Only rank stupidity would countenance such a step.
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Examples from the Web for flagrance

Historical Examples of flagrance

  • She knows to an inch the degrees of flagrance officially permitted to the attached and the unattached!

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • He had been prepared for many things, but he had not been prepared for that, for the publicity, the flagrance of it.


British Dictionary definitions for flagrance

flagrant

adjective
  1. openly outrageous
  2. obsolete burning or blazing
Derived Formsflagrancy, flagrance or flagrantness, nounflagrantly, adverb

Word Origin for flagrant

C15: from Latin flagrāre to blaze, burn
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Word Origin and History for flagrance
n.

1610s, from French flagrance or directly from Latin flagrantia, noun of quality from flagrantem (see flagrant).

flagrant

adj.

c.1500, "resplendent," from Latin flagrantem (nominative flagrans) "burning, blazing, glowing," figuratively "glowing with passion, eager, vehement," present participle of flagrare "to burn, blaze, glow" from Latin root *flag-, corresponding to PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash, burn" (cf. Greek phlegein "to burn, scorch," Latin fulgere "to shine"), from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "glaringly offensive" first recorded 1706, probably from common legalese phrase in flagrante delicto "red-handed," literally "with the crime still blazing." Related: Flagrantly.

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