[ fley-gruhnt ]
/ ˈfleɪ grənt /
shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.
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Origin of flagrant
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin flagrant- (stem of flagrāns ), present participle of flagrāre “to burn”; see -ant
synonym study for flagrant
2. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM flagrant
fla·gran·cy, flagrance, fla·grant·ness, nounfla·grant·ly, adverbnon·fla·grance, nounnon·fla·gran·cy, noun
non·fla·grant, adjectivenon·fla·grant·ly, adverbun·fla·grant, adjectiveun·fla·grant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for flagrant
/ (ˈfleɪɡrənt) /
obsolete burning or blazing
Derived forms of flagrantflagrancy, flagrance or flagrantness, nounflagrantly, adverb
Word Origin for flagrant
C15: from Latin flagrāre to blaze, burn
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