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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Waves, handshakes—all blatant signs of respect and admiration and maybe even fear to be honest. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Read the Foreword Drake Penned For J. Prince's 'The Art & Science of Respect'," 7 June 2018 Despite her blatant denial, fans think that her poker face isn't convincing enough. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Fans Aren't Buying Rumer Willis' Claim That She's NOT the Lion," 30 Jan. 2019 Others streamed the fight in its entirety on Twitch, in blatant circumvention of the rules of the site. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 2018 The request was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against political enemies. Maggie Haberman, The Seattle Times, "Trump pushed for Justice Dept. prosecution of Clinton, Comey," 20 Nov. 2018 Russian crews later boarded and seized those Ukrainian ships, which Ukraine and many Western leaders have condemned as a blatant act of Russian aggression. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump cancels Putin meeting over Ukraine," 29 Nov. 2018 And by the way, there was almost no coverage of this blatant act of political violence by any of the networks, cable news, The Washington Post or New York Times. Fox News, "Diamond and Silk ride out the storm in North Carolina," 15 Sep. 2018 Scott is a designer who is passionate about having fun with fashion in the most blatant, humorous, and unapologetic sense of the term. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Jeremy Scott Had Cardi B and Caitlyn Jenner in the Front Row, But His T-Shirt Is What We Really Need to Pay Attention To," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce blatant (audio) \

Kids Definition of blatant

: completely obvious in a disagreeable way a blatant lie

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