fla·​grant | \ ˈflā-grənt also ˈfla- How to pronounce flagrant (audio) \

Definition of flagrant

1 : 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
2 archaic : fiery hot : burning

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flagrantly adverb

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flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned. flagrant abuse of the office of president glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper. glaring errors gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits. gross carelessness rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned. rank heresy

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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").

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flagrant abuse of the law her flagrant disregard for other people's rights
Recent Examples on the Web After review, Young was still given his third foul, but Simpson was also given a flagrant one foul for grabbing Young’s jersey. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Kaleb Wesson’s double-double leads Ohio State basketball in ugly 61-58 road win over Michigan," 5 Feb. 2020 Payton was ejected for picking up a flagrant 2 foul. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Knicks' Marcus Morris apologizes for sexist comments directed to Grizzlies' Jae Crowder," 30 Jan. 2020 Payton was ejected for picking up a flagrant 2 foul for the act, while Crowder and Knicks forward Marcus Morris were tossed for their roles in the scuffle. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "'It's just very woman-like': Marcus Morris rips Jae Crowder with offensive comments," 30 Jan. 2020 Morris was called for a flagrant two foul, which includes an automatic ejection, but was not suspended for starting the incident. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Very womanlike': NBA player apologizes for comment about opponent after on-court fight," 30 Jan. 2020 Green missed Game 5, after a tussle with James in Game 4 gave Green four flagrant-foul points in the playoffs and triggered an automatic suspension. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Memorable moments: Stephen Curry leads Warriors to record-73rd victory," 25 Dec. 2019 One complaint with the NBA would be that every remotely physical foul seemingly has to be reviewed for qualification as a flagrant foul. BostonGlobe.com, "The in-season tournament idea is a flagrantly bad idea. Unlike NBA players, it simply doesn’t fly.," 1 Dec. 2019 Dorian Finney-Smith was called for a flagrant foul that resulted in Oubre hitting two free throws and Phoenix maintaining possession. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Luka Doncic dominates with 42 points to lead Mavericks past Suns," 30 Nov. 2019 The Committee encourages all whistleblowers to come forward and seek advice on how to make disclosures of serious or flagrant wrongdoing. Stefan Becket, Kathryn Watson, Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Trump lashes out at Democrats over impeachment probe — live updates," 2 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flagrant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of flagrant

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for flagrant

Latin flagrant-, flagrans, present participle of flagrare to burn — more at black entry 1

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“Flagrant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flagrant. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flagrant

: very bad : too bad to be ignored


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Kids Definition of flagrant

: so bad as to be impossible to overlook a flagrant lie

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flagrantly adverb

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