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 With the assassination of Soleimani, disregard for truth and reality – and examples of Madame Bovary-esque word salad – remains as blatant as ever. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 Flooding Despite a blatant need for flood mitigation in the region, Fort Bend County has added 53 percent more impervious surfaces- like roads and concrete- that serve as a conduit for flooding, Garvin said. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "City and county representatives address change in ‘State of the Region’ panel," 20 Dec. 2019 The Harry Potter trappings in Three Houses are almost too blatant, in fact. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fire Emblem: Three Houses is secretly the best Harry Potter game," 26 July 2019 But Thursday's incident is significantly more blatant. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Iran will get the blame, but the Gulf of Oman truth is likely a lot murkier," 13 June 2019 The video was a blatant display of Russia influence in one of Europe’s most sensitive regions — the fragile Balkans — where the West has sought to encourage reconciliation and reform after a brutal ethnic war in the 1990s. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe," 9 Oct. 2018 The decision to make Destiny 2's most blatant fan service yet into its first attempt at horror is a curious one, made more interesting by the way Shadowkeep changes the way the game plays. Wired, "In Shadowkeep, Destiny 2 Is Ready to Kill the Past," 3 Oct. 2019 The tech giant refutes any accusation of blatant erasure. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech," 13 Dec. 2019 Tom Westgard, a Bloomington resident and member of No Space for Hate Bloomington and the Purple Shirt Brigade, criticized the spelled out list as a blatant violation of First Amendment rights. Ernest Rollins, Indianapolis Star, "Advisory council takes no stance on management of Bloomington farmers' market," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of blatant was in 1596

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blatant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 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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