bla·​tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The plan was a blatant violation of congressional amendments prohibiting U.S. funding to topple the leftist regime in Nicaragua. Washington Post, "Brett Sciaroni, American power broker in Cambodia, dies at 69," 19 Mar. 2021 If a determination is made to not include a person on the list only because that individual has a disability, that's blatant discrimination. NBC News, "Push is on for states to ban organ transplant discrimination," 10 Mar. 2021 Then in 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, holding that times have changed and blatant voter discrimination was rare, contrary to the assault that was taking place on the ground. al, "Biden signing voting rights order today for anniversary of Selma’s 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday’ march," 7 Mar. 2021 County officials said they were not consulted about the transfers and accused the state corrections department of showing a blatant disregard for the community. Los Angeles Times, "Rural California county says Newsom-backed coronavirus testing clinic is a ‘boondoggle’," 27 Feb. 2021 His blatant disregard for his own Vice President, Mike Pence, who was fulfilling his constitutional duty at the Capitol, infuriates me. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Republican senators split over whether to convict Trump in impeachment vote," 14 Feb. 2021 From this perspective, blatant defiance of school-closing orders, issued by the government’s Education and Health Ministries as part of a second lockdown, was the only way to calm things. New York Times, "How the Pandemic Nearly Tore Israel Apart," 25 Feb. 2021 Disney has placed the same disclaimer before several other shows and films, including Peter Pan (for blatant stereotypes of Native Americans) and Swiss Family Robinson (for the use of brown face and yellow face). Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Adding content warnings to the Muppets is the opposite of cancel culture," 22 Feb. 2021 The moment was devastating for its blatant injustice, but also affecting to see the ladies hear the news together, all the bickering from earlier in their trip forgotten, and showing great strength and grace. Mary Sollosi,, "The Week in 'Wives: RHOD and RHOA girls' trips, RHONJ and RHOSLC rivalries," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Blatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blatant

: very obvious and offensive


bla·​tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt How to pronounce blatant (audio) \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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