blatant

adjective
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 administration also has filed trade actions with the WTO earlier this year against China’s blatant violation of intellectual-property rules, winning support from Japan and the European Union. Thomas J. Duesterberg, WSJ, "The Deal America and China Need," 26 Nov. 2018 Once known for blatant misogyny, both sites embarked on an effort to tone it down a few years ago, with LADbible earning profiles by BBC News and BuzzFeed in the process. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook removes misinformation, but only on a technicality," 12 Oct. 2018 The movie was shot mainly in Vancouver, Canada, and its frequent cutaways to the Hong Kong skyline are hardly the sole example of blatant visual trickery at work. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Dwayne Johnson scales the heights in the thrillingly dumb 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 In multiple states, Republican leaders engaged in increasingly blatant attempts to suppress voters, the vast majority of whom were people of color. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 The launch all started with the news, and a certain president’s blatant denial of ongoing climate change. Noor Brara, Vogue, "With Her Debut Collection, Sami Miro Is Using Vintage Fashion to Help Save the Planet," 8 Nov. 2018 Okay, full disclosure: The above is a blatant generalization based on a handful of signs Aussies and Kiwis have shown off over the last couple of weeks during the royal tour. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Australians and New Zealanders Are Using Signs With 'Suits' Puns to Get Meghan Markle's Attention," 28 Oct. 2018 Mere weeks after Valve launched a blatant Discord clone, Discord is striking back. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Watch out, Steam? Discord starts selling PC games, unveils a universal game launcher," 9 Aug. 2018 Once again, multiple investigations found blatant safety errors. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 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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blatant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blatant

: very obvious and offensive

blatant

adjective
bla·​tant | \ ˈblā-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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