flagrant


fla·grant

adjective \ˈflā-grənt also ˈfla-\

: very bad : too bad to be ignored

Full Definition of FLAGRANT

1
archaic :  fiery hot :  burning
2
:  conspicuously offensive <flagrant errors>; especially :  so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality <flagrant violations of human rights>
fla·grant·ly adverb

Examples of FLAGRANT

  1. flagrant abuse of the law
  2. her flagrant disregard for other people's rights

Origin of FLAGRANT

Latin flagrant-, flagrans, present participle of flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 1513

Synonym Discussion of FLAGRANT

flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned <flagrant abuse of the office of president>. glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper <glaring errors>. gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits <gross carelessness>. rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned <rank heresy>.

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