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
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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").
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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