- shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
- notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
- Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.
Origin of flagrant
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Examples from the Web for 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.Chicago, Satan's Sanctum
L. O. Curon
And yet how often have the ludicrousness and the flagrancy been repeated, with far less temptation!The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
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
- openly outrageous
- obsolete burning or blazing
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.