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 As news of his story spread on social media, celebrities and activists came to Arnold's defence and encouraged him to stand up to his school's blatant natural hair discrimination. Thatiana Diaz,, "DeAndre Arnold Proudly Wears His Locs To The Oscars After Being Banned From Graduation," 10 Feb. 2020 In some cases, the ICOs amounted to blatant scams where the organizers promptly absconded with the money. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Is the SEC Gunning for Ethereum and Ripple? Fat Chance," 1 May 2018 Players will be asked to perform right now, no blatant regression; their opportunity could disappear. Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants season prediction: A pleasant brand of chaos," 28 Feb. 2020 Our predictable, blatant obsession with crispy has sparked an entire food and marketing industry that caters to it. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "There’s an Entire Industry Dedicated to Making Foods Crispy, and It Is WILD," 20 Feb. 2020 Their blatant disregard for their own rules and regulations that are meant to prevent family separation is unconstitutional. Regina Garcia Cano,, "Judge sides with couples suing feds over marriage interviews," 10 Feb. 2020 When the government targets not subject matter but particular views taken by speakers on a subject, the violation of the First Amendment is all the more blatant. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, "Shut Up, They Advised," 3 Feb. 2020 The blatant breaches of the embargo since the Berlin agreement prompted a furious outburst on Thursday by the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "In Libya, Toothless U.N. Embargo Lets Foreign States Meddle With Impunity," 2 Feb. 2020 Instead of acknowledging them as victims of a clear crime that resulted in the blatant pilfering of a legacy-changing title, the Astros still see the entire incident as little more than a road hazard on their journey back to domination. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Astros’ appalling lack of remorse for sign-stealing is another affront to the Dodgers," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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