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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Definitions for flagitious

  1. Disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked; scandalous; -- said of acts, crimes, etc.
  2. Guilty of enormous crimes; corrupt; profligate; -- said of persons.
  3. Characterized by enormous crimes or scandalous vices; as, "flagitious times."

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Citations for flagitious
However flagitious may be the crime of conspiring to subvert by force the government of our country, such conspiracy is not treason. , Ex parte Bollman & Swartwout
The Grinch, a nefarious, flagitious, sly, nasty, troublesome, bad-tempered, intolerant and foul-smelling character who, for reasons never fully explained, lives in a cave above the town. Robin Greer, News Letter
Origin of flagitious
Flagitious comes from Latin flagitiosus, from flagitium, "a shameful or disgraceful act," originally, "a burning desire, heat of passion," from flagitare, "to demand earnestly or hotly," connected with flagrare, "to blaze, to burn."