Definition of flagrant
1 archaic : fiery hot : burning
2 : conspicuously offensive flagrant errors; especially : so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality flagrant violations of human rights
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Examples of flagrant in a Sentence
flagrant abuse of the law
her flagrant disregard for other people's rights
Recent Examples of flagrant from the Web
William hit a 15-footer to cap it, moments after a replay review awarded UConn two free throws for a flagrant 1 foul call that tied the game with 26.6 seconds left.
Later on, however, the visuals go all wonky, with flat lighting and flagrant overexposure that are usually the hallmarks of a production in turmoil.
Harden put his team ahead on a 30-footer with 3:12 left in the second overtime and hit a pair of free throws with 2:10 to go following a flagrant foul on Draymond Green.
What’s the link between art and trouble, between flagrant discharges of emotional energy in public and in private?
For this flagrant violation of basic fundamentals, the Mets paid no price.
Beforehand, all emergency contraception was stored behind pharmacy counters and was subject to flagrant misconceptions around availability and access.
The overflights constituted a direct challenge to Cuba's national security and a flagrant affront to its sovereignty.
And that's just a flagrant mistake, a tactical error that simply has no defense.
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Did You Know?
In Latin, flagrare means "to burn," and flagrans means "burning" or "fiery hot" (both literally and figuratively). When it was first used in the 16th century, "flagrant" had the same meaning as "flagrans," but by the 18th century it had acquired its current meaning of "conspicuously bad." Some usage commentators warn against using "flagrant" and "blatant" interchangeably. While both words denote conspicuousness, they are not exact synonyms. "Blatant" is usually used of some person, action, or thing that attracts disapproving attention (e.g., "a blatant grammatical error"). "Flagrant" is used similarly, but usually carries a heavier weight of violated morality (e.g., "flagrant abuse of public office").
Origin and Etymology of flagrant
Latin flagrant-, flagrans, present participle of flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 1513
Synonym Discussion of flagrant
FLAGRANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flagrant for English Language Learners
: very bad : too bad to be ignored
FLAGRANT Defined for Kids
Definition of flagrant for Students
: so bad as to be impossible to overlook a flagrant lie
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