bla·​tant ˈblā-tᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio)
: noisy especially in a vulgar or offensive manner : clamorous
: completely obvious, conspicuous, or obtrusive especially in a crass or offensive manner : brazen
blatant disregard for the rules
blatantly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for blatant

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
Recent Examples on the Web But a large share of the disdain for the court stems from its blatant ethical lapses. Norman J. Ornstein, The New Republic, 11 Sep. 2023 The canard that politicians and pop-music stars share style, rebellion, and originality was exposed during the Covid lockdowns through the shameless conformity and blatant partisanship so many showbiz folk displayed. Armond White, National Review, 8 Sep. 2023 Many of the allegations involve blatant violations of the public process. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 Many of the same blatant tactics being used against Boric recall the playbook that was used to destroy our revolution. Sam Needleman, The New York Review of Books, 2 Sep. 2023 Some political and economic elites may try to maintain a grip on power, no matter how blatant – or undemocratic – their efforts. Sandra Cuffe, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Aug. 2023 Fed up with disrespect toward women—so blatant as to be displayed moments after the team triumphed on the world stage—fans and feminists see this as a moment to push for change in soccer and beyond. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023 Which is what Trump endures; which explains the blatant weight whopper on his arrest report. Globe Staff,, 29 Aug. 2023 The raid infuriated press freedom watchdogs, who claimed that the law enforcement action was a blatant violation of constitutional rights. David K. Li, NBC News, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


perhaps from Latin blatire to chatter

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blatant was in 1596

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“Blatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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bla·​tant ˈblāt-ᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio)
: noisy especially in a rude way
: completely obvious especially in a disagreeable way
a blatant lie
blatantly adverb

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