bla·tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt \

Definition of blatant 

1 : noisy especially in a vulgar or offensive manner : clamorous

2 : completely obvious, conspicuous, or obtrusive especially in a crass or offensive manner : brazen blatant disregard for the rules

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blatantly adverb

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vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention. vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out. vociferous cries of protest and outrage clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting. clamorous demands for prison reforms blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness. blatant rock music a blatant clamor for impeachment strident suggests harsh and discordant noise. heard the strident cry of the crow boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits. a boisterous crowd of party goers obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint. the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

Examples of blatant in a Sentence

Blatant racial and gender discrimination is just about over. —Gregg Esterbrook, New Republic, 20 Dec. 1999 The surcharges are particularly galling … because they seem to amount to blatant double dipping. —John Greenwald, Time, 29 Nov. 1999 He showed a blatant disregard for the safety of other drivers. a blatant clamor for the impeachment of the scandal-plagued governor
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The Trump administration must see through this blatant attempt to coerce additional concessions. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Meeting Between Kim Jong Un and Trump Is About As Likely as a Full-Member New Edition Reunion Tour," 16 May 2018 In another post, Pompeo said ‘‘Iran continues to send weapons across the Middle East, in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Matthew Lee,, "Trump says there ‘might be an escalation’ between US, Iran," 12 July 2018 These are blatant attempts to divert attention from the administration’s persecution of migrant families. Crystal Marie Fleming, Vox, "Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”," 29 June 2018 At the request of former tobacco lobbyists and their polluting industry friends, Pruitt is attempting to disqualify those sorts of studies in a blatant attempt to narrow the number of studies that can be used to craft regulations. Margo Oge, Fortune, "Scott Pruitt Is Trying to Pull a Disappearing Act on Science. Here’s How It Would Impact Your Health," 25 June 2018 There will be no quiet acceptance of blatant husbandly disrespect here., "American Woman Review: Kyle Richards’ 70s Romp Is TV’s Breeziest New Show," 7 June 2018 The opposition said this was a blatant attempt to silence criticism ahead of an election this year. The Economist, "Politics this week," 28 Mar. 2018 This week, the Supreme Court turned a blind eye to the Trump administration’s blatant bigotry. Dawud Walid, The Root, "Muslim Travel Ban? There Has Never Been an America Without Islam or Muslims," 27 June 2018 Perhaps the most blatant example of Olsen rule breaking came in 2013. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Olsens Have Always Been Met Gala Dress Code Rejectors—And We Love Them For It," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of blatant

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blatant

perhaps from Latin blatire to chatter

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The first known use of blatant was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of blatant

: very obvious and offensive


bla·tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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