flagrant

adjective
fla·grant | \ ˈflā-grənt also ˈfla- \

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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Other words from flagrant

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").

Examples of flagrant in a Sentence

flagrant abuse of the law her flagrant disregard for other people's rights

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In November, Stephenson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for hitting James below the belt during a Pacers-Cavs game. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Report: LeBron convinced Stephenson to turn down better offer from Pacers to join Lakers," 9 July 2018 In November, Stephenson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for hitting James below the belt during a Pacers-Cavs game. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Report: LeBron convinced Stephenson to turn down better offer from Pacers to join Lakers," 9 July 2018 In November, Stephenson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for hitting James below the belt during a Pacers-Cavs game. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Report: LeBron convinced Stephenson to turn down better offer from Pacers to join Lakers," 9 July 2018 DeRozan, who hit all head, was slapped with a flagrant-two foul -- an automatic shower. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers back in Eastern Finals after finishing off another Raptors sweep, 128-93 in Game 4," 7 May 2018 In November, Stephenson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for hitting James below the belt during a Pacers-Cavs game. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Report: LeBron convinced Stephenson to turn down better offer from Pacers to join Lakers," 9 July 2018 In November, Stephenson was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for hitting James below the belt during a Pacers-Cavs game. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Lance Stephenson, LeBron James are Lakers teammates, per report," 2 July 2018 The incident started in the closing seconds of Cleveland's 124-114 overtime loss Thursday night when Thompson was called for a flagrant 2 foul against Shaun Livingston. Josh Dubow, Houston Chronicle, "Cavs' Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation," 2 June 2018 Other State Police scandals in recent months appear to involve more flagrant breaches of trust. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "At Logan, State Police can no longer expect us to ‘keep it moving’," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flagrant

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flagrant

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

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flagrant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of flagrant

: very bad : too bad to be ignored

flagrant

adjective
fla·grant | \ ˈflā-grənt \

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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