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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Whatever the sponsors of this shameful legislation may say, this is a blatant example of using religion as a justification to discriminate. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "GOP reintroduces bill pitting 'religious freedom' against gay marriage," 12 Mar. 2018 Their power is striking and blatant, much like that of the advertising flyers and billboards Magritte made throughout much of his career to pay the bills. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting surreal: Magritte’s late work pops at SFMOMA," 18 May 2018 But the Odebrecht scandal remains the most blatant symbol of the sludge that sloshes through Latin American politics. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "At a ‘surreal’ Summit of the Americas, corruption scandals aplenty — but no Trump," 12 Apr. 2018 Residents also say that the arrest of Opray is only the most blatant example of how the Rajneesh police patrol in Antelope is used to intimidate them. Bill Driver, The New Republic, "Rajneesh’s Police State," 12 Apr. 2018 On Monday, Politico reported on the latest (and most blatant) tell: Congress may just end up punting on its Dreamer dilemma. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Lost the Upper Hand in the Immigration Fight," 5 Feb. 2018 The blatant, proud declaration of girl power is reminiscent to some of the most successful girl groups of recent years who always seemed fully invested in the group identity. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "BLACKPINK: A Girl Group Owning Its Girl Power," 6 July 2018 Chapron tumbled forward onto the turf and then, in what appeared to be a blatant act of retribution, swiped his right leg at Carlos. USA TODAY, "Referee takes retribution on player as PSG wins 1-0," 14 Jan. 2018 The Trump administration must see through this blatant attempt to coerce additional concessions. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Meeting Between Kim Jong Un and Trump Is About As Likely as a Full-Member New Edition Reunion Tour," 16 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of blatant

: very obvious and offensive


bla·​tant | \ˈblā-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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