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
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
Co-captain Stephen Jackson, a boisterous personality throughout his 14-year NBA career, nearly wrestled Mobley to the ground on a late flagrant foul.
Their friendship snarls Mueller in a flagrant conflict of interest, the attack goes, and Mueller's team is rife with partisans.
Green has stayed just on the right side of the line this postseason, not in danger of an automatic suspension for technicals or flagrant accumulation.
Green, of course, was suspended for that game after hitting James in the groin area in the final minutes of Game 4, causing him to be suspended for accumulating too many flagrant foul points.
After his flagrant remark, Chance the Rapper demanded that Maher's show be ousted from HBO.
Seattle, which trailed by 29 points (86-57) after Natasha Howard drained a free throw following a flagrant foul on Ramu Tokashiki, began the fourth quarter behind 86-61.
He was suspended for Game 5 of last year's Finals after his fourth flagrant foul of the postseason.
Even though the Buchanan decision was handed down in 1917, many cities continued to have racial ordinances in flagrant violation of the decision.
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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").
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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