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  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.
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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

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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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Related Words for flagrancy

atrocity, brazenness, egregiousness, enormity, flagrance, grossness, blatancy

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Historical Examples of flagrancy

  • But it seems to me a strange and dangerous thing to infer a man's innocence merely from the flagrancy of his guilt.

    The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • The flagrancy of crime which brought about a political revolution five years ago exists today as it did then.

  • And yet how often have the ludicrousness and the flagrancy been repeated, with far less temptation!

  • When his passion should subside, would he not perceive the flagrancy of his injustice, and hasten to atone for it?

    Wieland; or The Transformation

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • The young wife perceived that it would be impossible to arouse him to any just realization of the flagrancy of his fault.

    Making People Happy

    Thompson Buchanan

British Dictionary definitions for flagrancy


  1. openly outrageous
  2. obsolete burning or blazing
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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 flagrancy



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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