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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Still, despite blatant attempts at suppression, an undeniable progressive shift has happened within the halls of power that can’t be ignored. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Opinion: Ocasio-Cortez Makes It Plain: Pelosi Is Being 'Outright Disrespectful' To 'Newly Elected Women Of Color'," 12 July 2019 Faced with such blatant invasions of privacy, Senator Wyden ramped up the legal threats. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Why the powerful aren’t protecting your privacy, from the US Senator fighting for action," 10 July 2019 Shocked by this blatant crime, Elijah pronounced a curse on Ahab and his house. National Geographic, "How a pagan queen became a notorious villain in the Bible," 15 Mar. 2019 Another example is the most recent NFC championship game, when a blatant pass interference no-call against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman with 1:49 to play halted a likely game-winning New Orleans Saints touchdown drive., "Is technology like VAR ruining sports? Commentary," 27 June 2019 For a conceit as contrived and blatant as a race to perform 30 short plays in 60 minutes, the San Francisco Neo-Futurists are the least stagey group on Bay Area stages., "Theater listings," 18 June 2019 Outgoing sheriffs in multiple counties proved beyond doubt that sheriffs in Alabama are given too much authority by tradition and the state constitution and many squander it on personal gain, petty power plays and blatant disregard for taxpayers. John Archibald |,, "Alabama sheriffs need a comeuppance," 16 June 2019 The leading contenders have unveiled their tax-policy ideas over the last week, with some looking like blatant appeals to the party’s rank-and-file. The Economist, "Conservative Party leadership contenders propose tax cuts for high-earners," 10 June 2019 Its blatant homophobia and transphobia were common for the time, but appear backward—and damaging—in a more politically-correct era. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "Before We Knew Better: Transphobia was at the very center of Ace Ventura," 31 May 2019

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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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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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