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

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web LeBron James was called for a flagrant foul 2 for elbowing Detroit forward Isaiah Stewart in the face during the third quarter Sunday and was ejected from the game. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 Prince, a Warren graduate and Baylor-ex, was ejected after being issued a flagrant 2 foul for recklessly hitting a driving Walker in the chest and face with 5 seconds left in the third quarter and the Timberwolves ahead by 18 points. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Nov. 2021 Morris was also ejected from the game after his hard foul was deemed to be a flagrant 2 foul. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 In the past, a situation such as the one that unfolded Friday night in Sacramento — where key reserve Joe Ingles was unexpectedly ejected for a flagrant foul — would have severely strained Utah’s depth. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 This was not the first incident between the two, as Thomas was assessed a flagrant foul for hitting Schröder in the face during their 2016 playoff matchup. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 In a statement about the Psaki complaint, CREW President Noah Bookbinder noted the flagrant and repeated violations of the Hatch Act by the Trump White House. Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Oct. 2021 If there is no such thing as pure motivation, there can be no such thing as pure intelligence, and the task of gathering and distributing intelligence is at best an exercise in futility and at worst an act of flagrant self-delusion. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 Is it considered rude or flagrant to have luxury items? Michael Polk, Rolling Stone, 24 Sep. 2021

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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 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flagrant

: very bad : too bad to be ignored


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

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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