- 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 flagrant
For all its flagrant indiscretions, though, FIFA has never run afoul of the law.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
For Ankara to allow a suicide bomber through to launch a flagrant attack at this moment also would appear to be odd timing.Did ISIS Attack Kobani from Turkey?
November 30, 2014
Flagrant anti-Semitism fell out of favor and was replaced by a closeted, unspoken bigotry.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
Valderrama's modest career is in direct contrast to his flagrant lack of modesty.Why Women Want Hollywood Lothario Wilmer Valderrama
April 9, 2014
However tacky, this was hardly the flagrant public obscenity Cohen alleges.Meet Stephen F. Cohen, Vladimir Putin's Best Friend in the American Media
March 16, 2014
He realized that his conduct was too flagrant to admit of defense, so he attempted none.In the Midst of Alarms
Some of the most flagrant of these, if not encouraged, have at least been sanctioned by the whites.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Now, however, the wrong was so flagrant that she resolved to speak to her son.The Downfall
It is painfully necessary to avoid open and flagrant scandal.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
And yet the treachery and the deceit were so flagrant that surely no condonation was possible.Olive in Italy
- openly outrageous
- obsolete burning or blazing
Word Origin and History for flagrant
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.