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

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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 But the local leaders who are charged with carrying out the enforcement say the flagrant violations Lamont has been highlighting are rare. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Gov. Lamont says towns need to clamp down on Illegal crowds at restaurants in Connecticut, but how much are these episodes contributing to the spread of COVID-19?," 5 Nov. 2020 The First Lady clearly put other voters at risk by her flagrant disregard of the mask mandate. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Melania Trump Wore A $20,000 Outfit To Vote, But Her Look Didn’t Include A Mask," 4 Nov. 2020 In January, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom (known together as the E3) responded to these flagrant violations by triggering the JCPOA’s dispute-resolution mechanism. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Our Allies and Iran," 21 Oct. 2020 The morning after Major League Baseball learned that its playoff bubble had been pierced and witnessed flagrant violations of its pandemic protocols during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ championship celebration, many questions remained. Jared Diamond And Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Baseball Is Trying to Figure Out How Its Bubble Broke, but Answers May Be Difficult to Get," 28 Oct. 2020 His belligerent first debate performance was one of the most flagrant displays of presidential misbehavior in modern US history. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What global readers want to hear from Biden and Trump on the debate stage," 22 Oct. 2020 Some people fear the official accusation could even inspire more flagrant bellicosity. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Russia’s ‘Sandworm’ hackers will slither into the sunset," 20 Oct. 2020 In mid-August, several University of Connecticut students were kicked out after videos on social media revealed a crowded party and a flagrant disregard for social distance, with a clear lack of facial masks. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Wisconsin university quarantines students from 9 fraternities and sororities, as latest school grapples with coronavirus threat from parties," 6 Sep. 2020 Not to mention, Bryce Hall's flagrant mid-pandemic rager. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Charli D’Amelio Just Joined Triller, Is This It For TikTok?," 16 Sep. 2020

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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 23 Nov. 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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